who would president guiliani put on the supremes ?QuoteGiuliani himself has said he wants to nominate justices like Roberts and Alito, Scalia and Thomas. In an interview just last week he told conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt that would be my goal, praising those conservative stalwarts for the intellectual honesty with which they interpret the law. And this week, he tapped prominent conservative Washington lawyer Theodore Olson, his old friend from their days in the Reagan Justice Department, to chair his Judicial Advisory Council, heading up a team of lawyers advising him on judges and other legal issues. Olson has known Giuliani 25 years, when they both worked in the Justice Department under Atty. Gen. William French Smith. Giuliani was associate attorney general, and Olson was assistant attorney general, heading up the Office of Legal Counsel. Olson, who argued Bush v. Gore in the Supreme Court and was President George W. Bushs first solicitor general, said he met with Giuliani for an hour on Monday to talk about his role in the campaign. Giuliani wanted to form a legal advisory team, and Olson agreed to lead it. Were making it up as we go along, Olson said. Well put together a group to provide advice, suggestions, ideas to write things, and well go out and speak.Olson said Giuliani is absolutely committed to nominating solid judicial conservatives, and he pointed to his leadership role in the Reagan administration, which nominated a slew of appellate judges who would become conservative icons: Scalia, Bork, Winter, Easterbrook. Hmmm
but wasnt he there for the OConnor nomination, too? That was more closely held, Olson said, adding he didnt know if Giuliani even knew about it. I only learned about that a day or so before it was announced.Okay, so if Giuliani wasnt really involved in judicial selection in the Reagan administration, lets try a different approach. Hows this for a litmus test: Would Rudy Giuliani nominate someone like Janice Rogers Browna staunch conservative, beloved by many on the Right and reviled by those on the Left?Olson didnt hesitate.Yes, he said. I think hed be impressed with her whole life story, her talent, her education--the way she pulled herself up from a very modest beginning, the inspiration her life would give to peopleon top of her talent.But would he be willing to wage the fight a Brown nomination would provoke?Absolutely, Olson said. Rudy has never walked away from a fight.Before he faces a fight over a Supreme Court nominee, though, Giulianis got to win the toughest political battle there is in this country. Conventional wisdom early on was that he wasnt conservative enough on social issues to get through the primaries. But Giuliani now is presenting himself as a true judicial conservativesomeone who, as president, would appoint justices very much like the four solid conservatives already up on the Court.