In Dicta

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Preparing for battle III

"I would hope that he goes over some names with us," Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said as he prepared for a bipartisan breakfast session on Tuesday at the White House. "I don't think the country needs a squabble on this right now."

Mr. Reid and other Democrats credited the administration with steps taken so far to reach out to the Democrats via phone calls by the president, his chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., and the White House counsel, Harriet Miers. The Democrats say a review of the prospective candidates could further ease the way by allowing Mr. Bush to hear their views before he announces his nominee.

"There are a lot of potential people who I think it would be fairly safe to indicate to the president that, unless something came up that none of us expect, they could make it through," said Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "Conversely, there are a number of names who I would say would have a very difficult time."

Republicans counter that Mr. Bush is already engaging the other party far more than most of his predecessors, and that Democrats should not expect the president to share his nomination power with them.

"That is not what the framers intended," said Eric Ueland, the chief of staff for the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist. "If a Democrat wants nominating power, he or she has to be sitting in the Oval Office."
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