Next Nominee May Well Spark a Climactic Battle

It’s just the New York Times expecting shock and awe from the thimblewits in the Senate. Oh there will be dirty politics and men sobbing into microphones but nuclear war? I strongly dislike the term nuclear option used in regards to ridding the SCOTUS nomination process of the dreaded filibuster but for the New York Times to employ a military allusion such as climactic battle to describe this process is downright silly.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - When Harriet E. Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court, she may have taken with it the last chance to avoid a climactic confrontation over who will succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is retiring.

As he picks another nominee - Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit emerged as a leading candidate on Friday - President Bush faces redoubled pressures from both the left and the right.

His conservative supporters are more determined than ever to demand someone with a clear conservative record on abortion rights and other social issues; Senate Democrats are emboldened by the unraveling of the Miers nomination, the downturn in the president’s popularity and the indictment Friday of I. Lewis Libby Jr., a top White House official.

The handling of the next nominee is likely to be “tougher than hell,” Senator Arlen Specter, the
Pennsylvania Republican who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Friday.

War is hell Senator Specter. Confirming judges is not. Get over yourself and buck up.