After Swine Flu, Specter and Souter, What's Next?
By Ben Pershing
President Obama's ability to multitask will again be on display this week, as he continues to juggle multiple priorities in the wake of last week's three S's -- swine flu, Specter and Souter.
While the White House considers potential nominees for the Supreme Court vacancy, conservatives are already developing a strategy against possible candidates and warning against those dreaded "activist" judges. Dark-horse candidates for the post have already begun surfacing in the media -- Janet Napolitano won't rule it out! -- and more such boomlets will certainly occur before Obama actually makes his pick.
Whether with his Supreme Court choice or his overall agenda, Obama can't please everyone. That's especially true for House Democrats, who make up several powerful, competing factions that can't possibly all be satisfied by the priorities that the president chooses to pursue. Which bill will move first -- health care reform or a climate change? Will those priorities shove immigration off the agenda? Will the administration really be vigilant about the budget deficit, or was that just posturing?
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