Saturday, October 29, 2005
United States President George W. Bush, reeling from a summer and autumn of debacles that began with his mishandling of the Cindy Sheehan protest in Crawford and wound it’s was through falling support for his handling of the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, rising fuel prices, the arrest and indictment of Tom DeLay on money laundering and conspiracy charges, as well the indictments of major Republican fundraisers Robert Noe and David Safavian on much the same charges, not to mention the investigation of Bill Frist for suspicion of insider trading and finally culminating in the withdrawal of his White House Consul Harriet Miers as his nominee for the Supreme Court and the indictment of Scooter Libby in the Plame Affair is rumored to be ready to put forth another name for consideration to replace outgoing Justice Sandra Day O’Conner.
While most of Mr. Bush’s supporters in both the House and Senate have urged him to choose someone with a strong judicial background this time around, citing the paucity of legal opinions as one of the reasons members of both the right and left found Ms. Miers to be such a problematic candidate, the American President has once again seemingly disregarded such advice to find a candidate far removed from both the Beltway and the American legal system. This next candidate is rumored to be an actor with strong political ambitions of his own, T. M. Elmo.
In a Rose Garden speech, President Bush pointed to former actors Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sony Bono as men who successfully made the transition from Hollywood to Washington as justification for Mr. Elmo’s nomination. Assuring his base that Mr. Elmo “would not legislate from the bench” and that he “Loved the culture of life as well as having spent his career helping children” the President, looking relaxed and confident that he had finally picked a winner after months of mistakes, then introduced T. M. Elmo to the assembled reporters.
Although as tradition dictated in this situation, Mr. Elmo made no remarks other than to thank Mr. Bush, his very presence seemed to relax the crowd and bring smiles to the faces of those on both the left and right of social issues such as abortion and Creationism. While this was no doubt gratifying to a President so lately use to criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, Mr. Elmo was not without his detractors. Fiscal conservatives openly worried about Mr. Elmo’s undoubted support of public funding for PBS and other social programs, but in truth, these objections were overwhelmed by the expressions of support he received, especially from younger Americans.
It is expected that both the Republican and Democratic sides of the Congress will ratify the President’s choice in a timely fashion. While this nomination will not dispel the ill-will George W. Bush has garnered in recent months, it is finally, a step in the right direction.