This Wall Street Journal article got me thinking about what I would like to see in the next nominee. Below are a few snippets from the article:
With Judge John Roberts poised to win Senate confirmation today, President Bush faces a delicate political choice for his second Supreme Court nominee.
Should the president, whose approval rating in polls is lower than at any time during his presidency, select a candidate who — like Judge Roberts — hasn't written extensively about abortion, and try to recapture ground with disenchanted moderates and independents?
"We don't want a stealth candidate," says Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, a conservative lobbying group. "I think the grass roots wants somebody who is upfront, who is out there and is a Scalia or Thomas," she added, referring to the court's two most conservative justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The antiabortion Family Research Council is urging members to sign a petition to "encourage and embolden" Mr. Bush as he ponders a successor to retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
I think the biggest thing for me is not to have, to quote Phyllis Schlafly, "…a stealth candidate…." I want Pres. Bush to nominate a solid conservative. Draw a line in the sand and fight for what is right.