The President would like some Republican USA Senate votes for confirmation….
THAT means that he is dealing with Senate Republicans who have clearly pointed to who they want to the choice…
Biden may not have too much wiggle room in this….
(Biden & Co. is sensitive to getting any more political setbacks then they already have had)
Republican Politics seem to be whip sawing Biden between getting who he wants and who Republicans believe will be less left leaning on the court….
Barring any surprises?…
Do NOT be surprised to see Michelle Childs, the Republican Senator’s choice, as Biden’s…..
President Joe Biden is actively looking for Republican support for his Supreme Court nominee. But he’s doing it cautiously, wary of setting expectations that end in failure.
Neither party anticipates the type of rancorous, ugly battle that has defined recent high court picks, but White House officials are trying to handle conversations with GOP lawmakers delicately in a way that avoids unwanted attention. Aides have already had to push back on Republican criticism over the president’s pledge to choose a Black woman to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Outside of that, the substantive discussions between the two parties are unfolding entirely behind closed doors and mostly between staffers. Some Democrats close to the process described it as part of a deliberate strategy to avoid artificially raising expectations about a broad bipartisan vote for the eventual nominee…..
In addition to early concerns over the reaction to Biden’s pledge, the universe of Republicans who have consistently backed his judicial picks is small. And one of those, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is openly lobbying for South Carolina circuit court judge Michelle Childs, suggesting that other picks could be “problematic.” The South Carolinian, who has consulted with White House Counsel Dana Remus but not Biden himself, publicly predicted that a vote for Childs would be bipartisan.
Inside the White House, some officials have grown exasperated with the public pressure campaign for Childs, not just from Graham, but also from Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who has led the charge for her selection, according to three sources familiar with the dynamic.
Those officials believe the open push for Childs has put Biden in a box. If he were to select Childs it would be interpreted as a political play — designed either to reward Clyburn for his backing or cash in on Graham’s pledge for bipartisan support. But the sources also stressed that those feelings dissipated a bit on Wednesday, after Clyburn was quoted in the Washington Post saying he didn’t view his lobbying as an ultimatum….