The White House is eager to consult about who the best new Supreme might be. The Democrats want a moderate, the wingnuts want Attila the Hun:
While Democrats were clamoring for a nominee who could draw broad support, a leading conservative group came out against the idea of such a "consensus" pick.
"In this case, 'consensus' would mean compromise," said an e-mail message distributed Tuesday by Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and one of four conservative leaders who met with Mr. Card to discuss support for the president's eventual nominee. Mr. Sekulow encouraged recipients to sign an Internet petition against a consensus candidate.
Of course, Jerry Falwell is also being consulted. After all, he was the first one to tell us that it was the fault of the ACLU and the feminists that 9/11 happened. So his sage opinion is eagerly sought:
It is not just Democrats that the White House is seeking out for ideas. The Bush administration has also been consulting with its political allies outside the Congress.
"Someone from the White House called me yesterday, asking for any input I might have," said the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and chancellor of Liberty University in Virginia.
Mr. Falwell said he declined to offer advice, telling the White House staff member that, because of Mr. Bush's track record appointing conservative judges, "I am willing to sit back and trust him and pray for him."
And of course women are consulted! In the person of Laura Bush who is just the right woman to give a wifely angle to all this.