Reprise: Question Nominee on Philosophy
Cool off rhetoric on court, Bush says
By Judy Keen, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON * President Bush said Monday that special-interest groups running TV ads and mobilizing supporters for a fight over his choice of a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor should "tone down the heated rhetoric."
He cautioned against a partisan war. "I would hope that the groups involved in this process * the special-interest groups * will help tone down the heated rhetoric and focus on the nominee's credentials and philosophy," he said.
What's the Point?
Bush said this at the same time the Republicans were claiming that potential nominees should be evaluated on character and qualifications rather than philosophy!
Speaking of philosophy, since GW Bush said the following on 7/19/05, and since he has previously stated that Jesus is his favorite philosopher, is a religious test being applied to potential SCOTUS nominees?
“I have thought about a variety of people, people from different walks of life, some of whom I’ve known before, some of whom I had never met before,” Bush said today after meeting with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. “I do have an obligation to think about people from different backgrounds, but who share the same philosophy, people who will not legislate from the bench.”