John Hinderaker reviews the prospects and predicts that the battle will be ugly, very ugly:
If President Bush nominates another strong conservative to replace OConnor, the result will be the political equivalent of World War III. Liberal interest groups will face an existential crisis if they do not fight bitterly to keep the Courts current ideological makeup. Win or lose, they have no choice but to make the effort to oppose Bushs second nominee. And, unfortunately for Republicans, it appears likely that any conservative jurist whom Bush may appoint will give the Democrats more ammunition than John Roberts did. So be prepared for the ugliest, most bitter confirmation battle in a generation.
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