Bush renominates four stalled judicial nominees

Forsaking the olive branch for a sop to the right.


Tim Grieve
November 16, 2006 1:10AM (UTC)

Breaking news from the olive branch watch: According to the Wall Street Journal, George W. Bush has just renominated four long-stalled judicial nominees -- Terrence Boyle, William Haynes, William Meyers and Michael Wallace -- who have virtually no chance of getting through the current lame-duck Senate and even less of a shot at confirmation once the Democrats take over in January.

The Journal says that Bush's decision to renominate the four should be seen as "an effort to appease" the Republican Party's "conservative base." The news comes hard on the heels of another sop to the right -- the president's decision to renominate former Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman Ken Tomlinson to the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

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Tim Grieve

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

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