May 15th, 2009
10:20 AM ET

Obama rebuffs advice on Court

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/10/06/scotus.roundup/art.supreme.court.gi.jpg]

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Things really have changed with the Obama presidency - starting with the process for nominating a Supreme Court justice.

When Republican President George W. Bush had the chance to put judges on the Supreme Court, Democrats freely offered opinions and even suggested lists of names of potential nominees they could live with. The media thought this was great, and urged Bush to heed the suggestions in the spirit of bipartisanship.

Now that Obama is president and controls the nominating process, things are different. This week, the White House put special interest groups on notice that this is the president's choice alone and they needn't bother putting forth their preferred candidates. The jab was clearly aimed at the left, where feminist groups are calling for the nomination of a woman, Latino groups want a Latino and the Congressional Black Caucus had the chutzpah to push one of its own members: Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia.

About this, the media is generally supportive - of Obama. Most of the stories are about how these groups are "lobbying" for this candidate or that one, with a negative connotation. Where was this indignation when the left was "lobbying" Bush?

Keep Reading...

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. hongli

    Please do noe compare President Obama with George Bush. George Bush was a Communist leader and caused America great pains around the world.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  2. Cindy

    I agree with Obama on this one. This Supreme Court decision should be his and his alone and not the others dems or special interest groups. I say good for him for telling them to get lost!


    May 15, 2009 at 10:30 am |