WASHINGTON, Sep. 22
As always in Thursday's Note, we begin with a quiz.
"As we in Washington shift our focus to a major preoccupation with post-Hurricane Katrina fallout, we have to remember that there are other big stories out there that could shake up Washington and Congress in a big way."
The preceding passage was written by:
A. Andy Card LINK
B. Chuck Todd LINK
C. Grover Norquist LINK
D. Norman Ornstein LINK
E. Kellyanne Conway LINK
The correct answer is (D), and Norm is, per usual, correct. LINK
Beyond Katrina, first and foremost among "other big stories" is the President's chance to reshape the Supreme Court, and on that front, today's monster event is the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the John Roberts nomination.
The full committee meets at 9:30 am ET to vote on the nomination of Roberts' to be the Chief Justice of the United States in Dirksen 226. Sen. Arlen Specter, the panel's chairman, will speak first. He will be followed by Sen. Pat Leahy (VT), the ranking Democrat.
The other members of the panel will then have an opportunity to speak for up to 10 minutes. They will likely speak in the order of seniority. The vote itself on Roberts is expected to come somewhere between 11:00 am ET and 12 noon. The big suspense, of course, is about how the other committee Democrats will vote -- who will follow Leahy's lead?
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Beyond Roberts -- and with all due respect to Norm Ornstein -- Katrina is a gigantic story with major political implications stretching out as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately for those who want to know how things will be shaken up by the fallout, it is simply too soon to say still where all this will end up -- or even where we are headed right now.
But there are two must-read stories today from conservative all-stars that do reinforce the Notion that the Gang of 500 currently sees the remainder of the Bush presidency hanging in the balance.