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President Bush remains tight-lipped about prospects for filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court, during a news conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

UPDATE: He’s going to make the pick at 9PM tonight. (AP):

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the Bush administration was asking television outlets to broadcast the speech live. Bush’s spokesman would not identify the president’s choice. But there was intense speculation that it would be Judge Edith Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The televised speech was scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT.

Freepers react to possibility of the pick of Judge Edith Brown Clement for SCOTUS…

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

“The Christian conservatives brought these people to the dance. They had better get with the program. Let me state this for the record. I see no difference between Hillary or ANY GOP member as president.”

“We’ll see. But if Arlen Specter and Senate Democrats are OK with the nominee, I fully expect freedom and the American people to get screwed over once again. I expected it though, it’s par for the course.”

“President Bush promised a nominee like Justices Scalia and Thomas. At this point in time, it looks like there’s no way to know whether this nominee matches that promise. So, unless those promised characteristics come out clearly in the confirmation, I’m going to fulfill my promise to back away from Republicans. This might mean I just won’t vote, or it might mean I’ll join the Constitution Party. I’ll withhold judgement, though, until I see what the confirmation hearing tells us.”

“I’m voting for Mickey Mouse next time…”

“And Dubya, lame duck that he is, could hardly care less.”

“I’ve got a real bad feeling about this; has Dubya fvcked us? “

“Appointing someone Freepers aren’t sure about is doing exactly that, to my eyes. An appointee that is a question mark is a Souter-to-be. With the Rats and Specter are on board already, you know there are question marks, too. Clement has said Roe is ‘settled.’ She is terse to the point of extreme brevity in her opinions. She comes across as an administrator on the Circuit Court, not an agitator. But we NEED an agitator. We NEED someone who will not be determining things are ‘settled,’ but willing to set things aright again. And this feeling iffy about a nominee because there’s no there there, that’s just not what the GOP’s base deserves for its past hard work.”

“Souter sailed through the confirmation hearings. So did Kennedy and O’Connor. She has no track record for us to verify anything about her is conservative, it’s all Souter and this ‘she’s got good references’ bullshit. We deserve more than this hide-the-ball appointment. If she gets on the Court, only then do we see if there’s the payoff the GOP’s base has worked for. And then it’s too late if there isn’t. God, I hope these reports are b.s.”

“Pretty foxy looking lady. Wonder what she looks like without the robes. Is she a strict constructionist?”

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