Bush was going to nominate someone for the Court later in the summer. Instead the White House obviously rushed the nomination out tonite in an effort to distract the press from covering the story that the White House – most notably Karl Rove – leaked the identity of a CIA agent. In fact, this was a direct statement of the Republican strategy:
“Republicans should stop holding back and go on the offense: fire enough bullets the other way until the Supreme Court overtakes” events, said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)
But is this nomination about more than just the timing?
Bush has nominated a Ken Starr clone, one of those partisan insiders who can be counted on to do the bidding of the “conservative movement,” to the Supreme Court. Was it because Bush is worried that the CIA leak case is headed to the Supreme Court? Did Bush nominate Roberts as a Court vote to protect Rove? Is the nomination of Roberts part of the cover-up?