SCOTUS Pick To Come Within The Week?
by Todd Beeton, Mon May 04, 2009 at 10:55:34 PM EDT
According to Politico, Sen. Orrin Hatch expects President Obama to reveal his pick to replace David Souter by the end of the week or over the weekend.
After talking to President Barack Obama on the phone today, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the White House will move swiftly on its Supreme Court nominee, perhaps making an announcement by the end of this week.
Obama made no timing commitments to the Utah Republican, but the senator, who has been in the middle of several pitched Supreme Court battles, said: "I'd be surprised if it went beyond this week. ... I would think by the end of this week or over the weekend, he'll nominate somebody. I'm sure they've discussed this internally, back and forth for months now."
The AP has its own version of the story, which focuses instead on Hatch's expectations that the pick would not be out of the mainstream:
President Barack Obama has told a leading Senate Republican he would not nominate a radical or extremist to the Supreme Court. [...]
The Utah Republican said there could be a major Senate fight if Obama "nominates someone contrary to what he told me." But Hatch said he takes the president at his word.
No, Senator, putting radical ideologues on the court is what conservatives do.
It's amazing to me that no matter how many elections these guys lose, no matter how many of their leaders fall from grace and no matter how many examples of the failure of their ideology there are, they still maintain it's the left that's outside the mainstream.
The level of delusion is staggering.