Monday, July 4, 2005

Presidents Not Always Happy With Justices

"Dwight D. Eisenhower called his Supreme Court appointments the 'biggest damn fool mistake I ever made.' Richard Nixon unwittingly named the future liberal author of Roe v. Wade. George H.W. Bush's choice now evokes a GOP grumble, 'No more Souters!'

"As President Bush mulls his first high court decision, he knows well that the notion of picking a Supreme Court justice is indeed risky business. He has to get the justice confirmed and then hope that his choice doesn't disappoint him. Already, he's being buffeted by all kinds of advice—not just the institutional 'advice and consent' role that the Founding Fathers carved out for the Senate." ...

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