Who Will Be Bush's Supreme Court Nominee? It's Your Court Too!

With the resignation of Sandra Day O’Connor, President Bush will soon be nominating a new justice to the Supreme Court.

The current Supreme Court is divided – it has decided more cases by a 5-4 margin than any in modern history. These divisions come on issues that are critical to the everyday lives of Americans – rights such as reproductive freedom, gay and lesbian equality, freedom from government-sponsored religion, and environmental protections. Sandra Day O’Connor represented the center of the Court. Her replacement will have enormous power to shape our society – our fundamental rights and protections – for decades to come.

What kind of justice will President Bush appoint? President Bush has cited the two most conservative ideologues on the Supreme Court as his model justices – Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. They have been the template for his lower court nominations, who have been uniformly anti-civil rights, anti-choice, anti-environment, and in favor of powerful corporate interests over the rights and protections of ordinary Americans.

We urge the President to follow the Constitution and consult with senators from both parties to nominate a moderate, consensus candidate. The American public overwhelmingly desires a moderate on the Supreme Court.

We urge you to join with the Alliance for Justice Action Campaign and demand that President Bush choose consultation over confrontation. Let him know that you expect his Supreme Court nominee to defend the rights and freedoms Americans hold dear.

Dear President Bush:

We, the undersigned, are writing to you to express our concern about your forthcoming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, given that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor has just announced her resignation from the Court.

An overwhelming majority of the American public thinks that federal judges should be chosen in a bipartisan manner. Moreover, in the recent agreement brokered in the Senate to preserve the filibuster, a bipartisan group of legislators called upon the President to consult with both parties prior to the selection of a Supreme Court nominee.

We believe this principle of bipartisan consultation with the Senate is critical in order to achieve broad support on future judicial nominees and avoid rancorous partisan battles. This is all the more critical since Justice OConnor has been a centrist on the bench.

A fair and independent judiciary is one of the hallmarks of a great democracy. Only nominees who can demonstrate fairness, compassion, and wisdom to the highest degree should be nominated and appointed to the Supreme Court.

We urge you to act in the best interests of all Americans by nominating a moderate, consensus choice to the Supreme Court.

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