Friday, July 08, 2005

(D)umbassrats WILL filibuster

Reid won't rule out filibuster over Supreme Court nominee

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes to avoid prolonged political battle over a Supreme Court nominee and is encouraged by President Bush's efforts to reach out to Democrats for advice.

But the Senate Democratic leader said the nature of the confirmation proceedings ultimately will depend on whether Bush taps a "mainstream conservative" or someone further to the right of the political spectrum to fill the high court vacancy.

"The president, we know, will pick a conservative lawyer," Reid said. "We need a mainstream conservative. We're not going to get somebody that's our choice. It's his choice, (thanks for acknowledging that) and I look forward to working with him.

Reid has recommended the president look outside the judicial branch, suggesting Republican Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for the nation's highest court.

"I've already given those names to the president," Reid said. "The names that he gives us are the important ones."

Reid quipped that his endorsement of the Republican senators will likely doom their consideration.

"It probably did those people more harm than good," he said, adding the right wing will "rise up and say there must be something wrong with that person if Reid likes him."

Translation : "Our way or no way!"

Hat tip : Drudge

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