Reid: Gonzales Qualified for High Court
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid all but endorsed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for the Supreme Cour this afternoon.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday pronounced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales qualified to sit on the Supreme Court, but added, “I don’t know if he’d have an easy way through” Senate confirmation.
Reid also chided conservatives for criticizing Gonzales while Bush was overseas. “I think it’s too bad the president has to respond in Denmark about statements from the far right,” he said. “People here have gone a little too far.”
Gonzales was confirmed as attorney general by a vote of 60-36 earlier this year as Republicans overrode Democratic critics who said he had helped formulate White House policies that led to torture of prisoners held overseas as part of the war on terror.
“Alberto Gonzales is qualified. He’s attorney general of the United States and a former Texas judge,” Reid said. “But having said that he’s qualified, I don’t know if he’d have an easy way through.”
While Gonzales would hardly by my dream Justice, he’s likely an improvement over O’Connor ideologically. It’s interesting that Reid has gone public with this well before a nomination is announced. Perhaps he figures that by signaling that the Democrats would support a candidate that the president seems to favor he can persuade Bush to avoid going for a Scalia-type conservative.