The Constitution gives the President and the Senate shared responsibility to fill this vacancy, because the President may only act with the Advice and Consent of the Senate. At this critical moment, the President must recognize the Senate's constitutional role. He should give life to the Advice and Consent Clause by engaging in meaningful consultation with Senators of both political parties.
Andrew Sullivan is a wee-bit optimistic:"This is a critical moment for the president, a moment when he can reach back to a political center he has recently eschewed during a war in which a bitter and divisive internal fight should be avoided, if at all possible. I'm hoping for a reasonable and not overly ideological choice. What I'm expecting is another matter."
Liberal Oasis has a plan: When we fight Bush nominees this summer, we must do our best to avoid getting bogged down in technical, procedural matters.
John Cole says: This is going to be one ugly confirmation battle.