Harry Reid on London and everything else

The Senate minority leader says Supreme Court justices would like the president to send them a colleague who hasn't been a judge before.

Published July 7, 2005 5:25PM (EDT)

Like everyone else, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is focused today on the attacks in London: In a statement issued by his office this morning, Reid said that all Americans "stand in complete solidarity with Prime Minister Blair and President Bush, and all the leaders of the G-8 Summit, who pledged their commitment and resolve to fight and defeat this kind of extremism and hatred wherever it exists in the world." But yesterday, before the explosions knocked everything else -- the Supreme Court, Karl Rove and Valerie Plame, the G-8 summit -- right out of the news cycle, Reid was holding forth on a variety of other issues in an hour-long chat with reporters and editors from the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Some of the tidbits that dropped from his lips:

  • Reid said he had lunch two weeks ago with Sandra Day OConnor, Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer, and that all three of them said that they'd like to see the president "pick someone who has not been a judge" to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Reid said he thinks it's likely that Bush will bypass the Senate and make John Bolton the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations through a recess appointment. Reid called Bolton "the vice presidents man," and he said that Dick Cheney has been "doing everything he can to get him in that job." "That being the case," Reid said, "you will probably see a recess appointment because the vice president is so locked into this man."
  • Reid said Hillary Clinton is "leading" the early race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, but he made it clear that he's hedging his bets. "I think she is the person to beat," Reid said, "but that doesnt necessarily mean she is the best candidate."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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