Bush's true base
The Associated Press reports today that "speculation is converging" around Edith Clement to replace Sandra Day O'Connor for the Supreme Court. There are two relevant bits of information you should know regarding Clement.
The first, from today's AP story:
Known as a conservative and a strict constructionist in legal circles, Clement also has eased fears among abortion-rights advocates. She has stated that the Supreme Court "has clearly held that the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to have an abortion" and that "the law is settled in that regard."The second, from a CNNMoney story two weeks ago:
Glenn Lammi, chief counsel of the conservative Washington Legal Foundation, identified at least three possible nominees that big business would cheer: John Roberts Jr., Edith Brown Clement and Janice Rogers Brown. . . .Looks like Bush is playing to his true base.
Corporate America would favor Roberts and Clement because both were once private practitioners who represented business interests -- experience the Rehnquist court now lacks. Given their past experience, the thinking goes, both judges might be friendly to corporate America.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like it's Roberts instead of Clement. The spirit of the post still stands, however. Roberts was on capital's short list, too, of course -- he even headed it. That being said, Roberts has a record of being hostile to Roe, at least in his role as G.H.W. Bush's solicitor general.
It looks like Bush is playing to both capital and pro-lifers. I should have remembered that only Democrats attack their base.