Bush's high court strategy: Appease the right first

By Geraldine Sealey
November 12, 2004 9:46PM (UTC)
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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

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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