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When Justice O'Connor resigned her seat on the Supreme Court, President Bush talked about the importance of being deliberate, but as of today, President Bush is suddenly in a hurry again to fill her seat. Why is President Bush so...

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Frameshop, 07/19/2005

When Justice O'Connor resigned her seat on the Supreme Court, President Bush talked about the importance of being deliberate, but as of today, President Bush is suddenly in a hurry again to fill her seat.

Why is President Bush so concerned about speed--being slow, now being fast--when it comes to filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court?

It has nothing to do with concern over filling a vacancy on the court, but  has everything to do with how the White House wants to frame the Supreme Court nomination debate.

By saying that he wants to "get this process moving" (see the full quote here) President Bush is revealing that the White House will be trying to frame the nomination as a process that the Democrats are obstructing.

Democrats should remember that whenever the President talks about "process" with respect to his nominees, the phrase "up or down vote" is not far behind.

The solution?

Now is the time to link the current White House scandal to the Supreme Court process.

A President who talks only about process is a President who has something to hide.

On behalf of the people, it is the job of the Senate to talk about the Judicial nominees, not the technical process.  And in the people's interest, the Senate will take as long as necessary to discuss these nominees.

The President will have to be patient.

There's no rush.  Sandra O'Connor offered to stay on as long as it takes to find a replacement.  Unless there's some reason President Bush is anxious to get rid of her quickly, he should be happy to keep her on.

And if he is anxious to  get rid of her sooner rather than later, then why did he say all those nice things about her when she resigned?

Besides, a long appointment process will free up the President to deal with the legal firestorm brewing in his own White House.

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