Al's New Friends

A possible Supreme Court nominee wins unexpected allies

The outcry from social conservatives over the possible nomination of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Sandra Day O'Connor is having an unintended consequence. It is winning him supporters. Some of them are not surprising. "Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine," President Bush said last week in response to the conservative assault over Gonzales' ambiguous views on abortion. "When a friend gets attacked, I don't like it." But Democrats--who blasted the former White House counsel during his Senate confirmation hearings for calling the Geneva convention "quaint," among other things--have also had unexpectedly...

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