07/14/2005: A potential conflict of interest? (UPDATE)
[Updated and moved to the top. --LRC]
Thomas Nephew over at Newsrack makes the excellent point that (at least until Karl Rove's potential status as "criminal defendant" is resolved) maybe it would be a good idea to get Rove out of the loop on pending Supreme Court nominations:
But is this devotion to duty a good thing? Just asking. This is a guy who may be the subject of some serious litigation before too much longer. And this is an administration that believes LBJ-era presidential daily briefings ought to be secret, so they're almost certain to want to block anything incriminating from their own administration from seeing the light of day. Any such assertion of privilege may well reach the Supreme Court.Unless it's been determined that Karl's going to be pardoned if indicted. In that case, why doesn't Dumbya pardon Karl now, fire Fitzgerald, and then (one would hope) take the heat from the American public for his "sterling morals".
Do the American people really want to wonder whether there's a little quid pro quo going on between someone like Karl Rove and a new Supreme Court justice?
UPDATE (7/14/2005): Josh Marshall picks up on the meme:
Propriety watch: Should the selection of the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court be quarterbacked by a man who is currently the subject of an on-going criminal investigation?
Len on 07.14.05 @ 01:09 PM CST