Bush’s high court strategy: Appease the right first

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According to the New York Times, the president’s choice of Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft is all part of a Rovian strategy to eventually get Gonzales onto the Supreme Court — but also to pave the way for Bush’s first high court nominee to be a “conservative favored by his political base.”

“‘It’s a thank you to the right for the election,’ said one Republican adviser to the White House. ‘And they think they need to strike now in the post-election glow.’

The theory, the Republican said, is that Mr. Bush will be at the apex of his power at the beginning of the second term, and in a strong position to battle Democrats in any Supreme Court confirmation fight. ‘So you do the toughest nominee first,’ the Republican said.”

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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