Monday, September 05, 2005

Chief Justice

The President has nominated John Roberts as Chief Justice. OTB considers this to be a "solid, if uninspiring, choice". This will ease the political pressure of having three confirmations this fall, but don't expect the opposition to let up if the President nominates an arch-conservative. (I actually believe that Scalia would have had an easy time being confirmed as Chief Justice.)

For now I stick by my prediction of Gonzales, but this move does open the door to a more conservative pick. As Mickey Kaus observed on the radio yesterday, when Bush gets in trouble he has always moved to his please base in the past.