Oh boy, a preview of fights to come
The Washington Post reports that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to play a part in the President's Supreme Court appointments.
He cited the autobiography of Sen. Orrin Hatch, in which the Utah Republican said former President Clinton came to him as Judiciary Committee chairman with suggestions of nominees that could win approval from the other side of the aisle.
Reid suggested he may be open to the possibility of Justice Antonin Scalia as a replacement for ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist. "This is one smart guy," said Reid. "I disagree with many of the results that he arrives at, but his reason for arriving at those results are very hard to dispute." Reid called Justice Clarence Thomas "an embarrassment." He added: "I think that his opinions are poorly written. I just don't think that he's done a good job."