by TNH Staff
From a busy late-Friday email thread:
From: Trapper John
Subject: Novak -- nuclear?
Just caught the end of a Novak piece on Inside Politics in which it appeared he was reporting that Frist is going to bring back the nuclear option (he said "nuclear," and not "constitutional!") next week. Que?????
I've been saying for a while there is no way BushCO will use nukes for Bolton--it'd give too many people reason to balk, it'd deprive people like Sam Brownback of the ability to filibuster things like stem cells, and it'd make it a lot harder for them to try again with SCOTUS. But I could be wrong...Not only that, but if they threw nukes for Bolton, I've got to imagine it'd make it harder for him to get 51 votes in favor of nomination.
He could be thinking of testing the deal -- or more accurately, just going through motions for the base -- on another judicial nomination.
If it's Bolton, the party's on!
This morning on Diane Rehm's news roundup, Kristol said the scuttlebut is that Rhenquist may not retire, but that O'Connor will announce retirement next week. She's sold her house in DC, her husband's health is failing, and she hired 3 clerks but then never hired the fourth clerk she's alloted. That makes a showdown over a swing vote, especially on abortion, and a very different kettle of fish than replacing Rehnquist.
More below the fold!
But do you think it'd go down before the Fourth? Blitzkreig appointment?
Not the appointment before the forth, but the announcement of the retirement. Exercising the Nuclear Option would be necessary clearing of obstacles, kinda like a combined air/naval bombardment before the troops land on the beach.
From: Kagro X
That would be interesting. But why the need to revive the nuclear option next week? I understand that they want to have this out of the way before doing a Supreme Court nomination, of course, but if the idea was to do it before that fight was on, then that strategy is already out the window if O'Connor announces next week.
The scariest thing I can think of would be to move Janice Brown into that slot. And the argument would go: we just approved her, so what's the problem? And of course, there'd be the immediate misinterpretation of the deal: i.e., that since she got confirmed, she must not represent "extraordinary circumstances."
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