Bush seems determined to get some real mileage out of the waning weeks of his Congressional majority. First it was John Bolton and the domestic wiretapping acts, not it’s a panel of judges so far out there that even Republicans have their doubts:
After calling for bipartisanship, President Bush surprised Senate Democrats with plans to renominate a controversial list of judges – some of whom may be unacceptable even to a few Republican senators. “It’s an unfortunate signal,” said one senior Democratic Senate aide.
[…] Lawmakers and others had been waiting to see whether Bush would renominate four particularly controversial appeals court candidates whose nominations had expired without Senate action. He did. The four include two nominees to the Fourth Circuit in Richmond: Terrence Boyle, a district court judge in North Carolina and a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, and Defense Department General Counsel William Haynes, who became a symbol of the Bush administration’s policies on terrorism, interrogations and other wartime powers. In addition, William Myers, a lobbyist and critic of environmental rules, was renominated for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, and Michael Wallace of Mississippi, rated unqualified for the appeals court by an American Bar Association panel, was renominated for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Looks like last Wednesday’s open hand of bipartisanship really was a finger. Fortunately these gestures mostly amount to one angry has-been raging, raging against the dying of his light. With Trent Lott now #2 in the Senate GOP the president won’t find many friends in either caucus, in either house. Sad times for a guy whose image begins and ends with projecting strength.