Tuesday, July 19

Edith Clement for the Supreme Court?

A lot of the Blogs out there are going with the Edith Clements for Supreme Court rumor. I personally don't think that's the case. While Powerline starts talking about Clement, it later posts some updates about ABC story that Clement is not the nominee.

Here is the initial post from PowerLine:

Edith Brown Clement. Maybe not a done deal, but you wouldn't want to be betting on anyone else right now.

UPDATE: Kathryn Lopez has been hearing the same thing.

JOHN adds: The Clement rumor is everywhere, which doesn't mean, of course, that it's true. Some say the announcement could come at any moment.

I don't know enough about Judge Clement to have an opinion on her nomination (compared, that is, to the considerable number of judges about whom we are very enthusiastic). I would say that the last 20 or 30 years of history suggest that Republican nominees who do not have a clear track record of commitment to conservative jurisprudential principles drift to the left over time--some, of course, farther than others. I'm not saying that this is a law of nature, only that it seems like a pretty clear pattern in recent years.

If this turns out to be Bush's selection, the Conservatives are going to be livid. There is going to be trouble. Reuters is reporting that Judge Clement counts with the support of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu from her home state of Louisiana, which can't be a good thing.

A few hours later, Powerline started pointing in a different direction:

ABC News is reporting that, according to an unnamed source, Judge Edith Clement is not President Bush's Supreme Court choice. So I guess we'll all have to tune in and see what happens.

UPDATE: If you want rumors, we've got 'em. The latest is that the source of the report that Clement is not the nominee is Clement herself, via one of her clerks. Plus, Michael Luttig and his family are rumored to be in Washington. Take it for what it's worth, which is most likely nothing.

Instapundit is going with the ABC story that it is going to be John Roberts. Like I said, we'll see what the President announces later tonight.