Pam's House Blend has the latest on the rapidly emerging favorite for O'Connor's Supreme Court spot, Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. She's no centrist, but there might be a little discontent on the right if she's the one. From the AP (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune):
Known as a conservative and a strict constructionist in legal circles, Clement has eased fears among some abortion-rights advocates. She has stated that the Supreme Court "has clearly held that the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to have an abortion" and that "the law is settled in that regard."
Still, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that Clement's record raises "seriously troubling" questions about her commitment to protecting personal freedom. "Unless she was able to put those concerns to rest in Senate hearings, pro-choice Americans would oppose her nomination," Keenan said.