Bob Novak reported yesterday that support among senators for Bush's nomination in place of Miers is concentrated on two conservative women: Federal Circuit Judge Karen Williams of Orangeburg, S.C., and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan. Because there is a sense that the next nominee should be a woman, and prior judicial experience is mandatory, Corrigan's name will likely become the source of more speculation early this week. Because there is no record for Maura Corrigan on abortion, she may be more 'confirmable' than other candidates with judicial experience who are also outspoken against Roe v. Wade.
Bush will have to decide whether he is up for the abortion fight, now the empowered Democrats are in a better position to fight back on any nomination as a result of Bush's problems across the political board. If he is not up for a charged political battle over Roe v Wade, he may choose someone like Corrigan who won't be defined by that single issue.
As you can see here, I have rated Corrigan's chances in the top three ...
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