I have a feeling that most, if not all the points I wrote this morning were probably spot on, about why leaking that Nevada's Republican governor Brian Sandoval was being vetted for the Supreme Court was such a smart thing to do by the White House. I say that because this afternoon, Mr. Sandoval contacted the White House and withdrew his name from consideration.
From his public statement, it doesn't appear that Gov. Sandoval doesn't want to be a Supreme Court justice. In fact, he said, " The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned." And there was nothing beyond that about any reasons why it was wrong for him. I suspect he either got some calls from Senate Republicans that said, "You have to withdraw because we've made public statements which, and so you know you'll never, ever get confirmed and this is really, really incredibly embarrassing for us" -- or he figured that out on his own.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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