On Thursday, the White House announced that Bush will resubmit divisive federal appeals court nominations that had been held up by Congress.
Editorial in today's Fort Wayne News Sentinel.
Bush renominated William Haynes II, the Defense Department's chief lawyer and author of detainee policies, including policies that justify torture; William Myers III, an Idaho lobbyist for the mining and ranching industries and a critic of environmental regulation; Terrence Boyle, a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms and district judge in North Carolina who has an abysmal record on civil rights and has had decisions reversed or vacated more than 100 times; and Michael Wallace, a Mississippi lawyer who has opposed enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and is the first federal court of appeals nominee in nearly 25 years to be rated unanimously "not qualified" by the American Bar Association.
So much for the pledge to compromise and de-emphasize partisanship. After the election thumpin', Bush seems more interested in picking fights with the Senate on judicial nominations than in filling vacancies.
[Can you say, "layin' the paper trail for the next round of distortion on the campaign trail"???]