A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Friday, September 16, 2005

Dance With the One That Brought You

AP: Bush Plans Meeting on O'Connor Replacement---

President Bush is in the early phases of consultations with Congress on filling a second vacancy on the Supreme Court, officials disclosed Friday, as Judge John Roberts coasts to Senate confirmation as chief justice.

White House counsel Harriett Miers has called selected members of the Senate within the past day or two to solicit their views on replacements for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, these officials said.

At the same time, Bush has invited four key senators to a breakfast meeting at the White House next Wednesday to discuss filling O'Connor's seat. The guest list includes Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as well as Sen. Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the panel's senior Democrat.

Officials said Miers had called at least two Senate Democrats, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Evan Bayh of Indiana. Mikulski's office declined to confirm the call, even though an aide had confided earlier in the day to a roomful of other Democrats that it occurred. Bayh's spokesman said he did not know the reason for Miers' call.
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Reid urged Bush to choose someone in O'Connor's mold. "Justice O'Connor has been a voice of reason and moderation on the court," the Democratic leader said in a statement.

Leahy said, "It's a good first step, but real consultation is a two- way street."
This is not why we re-elected President Bush. He shouldn't be asking the Democrats for advice on who he should nominate. He should be asking those of us who did the hard work of putting a Republican majority into the House, Senate, and a Republican into the Presidency.

The Democrats lost the 2000 Election. They lost in the 2002 Elections. They lost the 2004 Election. President Bush needs to stop acting like they won and live up to the promises he made.

We need a Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-God, Original-intent, Patriotic American on the Supreme Court, not more Ruth Ginsbergs and David Souters.

If President Bush expects any support on anything, he had better stop kissing up to the Dems and remember who got his butt into the White House.