Thursday, October 27, 2005

What About Christopher Cox?

SEC Chairman Christopher Cox

Former Congressman Cox, now SEC Chairman, may be the perfect candidate. Consider:

  • He's recently been through the congressional approval process, which Hugh Hewitt notes is a significant advantage.
  • He's not one of the previously "anointed" group of conservative legal titans that many on the right were promoting. He is in some respects a "third way" nomination and his appointment would thus be face-saving for President Bush.
  • He's never been a judge or an academic, so he's a little like Harriet Miers in that regard.
  • The NRO Corner crowd evidently likes him. See, for example, this post on NRO by Quin Hilyer.
  • Cox is a credentialed judicial conservative.
  • He's telegenic as all get-out. Politically, the Democrats would have a terrible time trying to sink him.

The downside, as Hugh Hewitt told me when I called the show today, is that Cox has been so public with so many positions -- speeches, votes, op-ed pieces-- that the Democrats have a lot of ammunition to use in attacking him. Still, I wonder if maybe a fight like that would not be great for re-unifying and energizing the base and allowing the White House to seize some high ground again.

Here's a Wikipedia entry on Chris Cox. He went to college at USC, so Hugh will have to get over that, but otherwise he looks great. He even went to Harvard Law School, which is important to some people.

Something to think about.


Anonymous DL said...

Is "third way candidate" a euphamism for "stealth?" 

Posted by DL

Thursday, October 27, 2005 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The downside ?

Once a politician, always a politician. Have you ever heard of Sandra Day O'Connor, or Earl Warren?? 

Posted by Bender

Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:10:00 PM  
Blogger The Hedgehog said...

Bender, you'll have to do better than that.  

Posted by The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger GrenfellHunt said...


I've posted a poll on Alito/Luttig/Cox over at:

Cox was doing well last night, but he's fallen behind this morning...


Posted by GrenfellHunt

Saturday, October 29, 2005 7:06:00 AM  

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