Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson may be named Attorney General even though he would face opposition in the Senate, says the New York Times. Alberto Gonzales is leaving the post next week after being repeatedly accused of allowing political loyalties to blind him to enforcing the law independently. “Clearly if you made a list of consensus nominees, Olson wouldn't appear on that list,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who led the Judiciary Committee effort to remove Gonzales. “My hope is that the White House would seek some kind of candidate who would be broadly acceptable.”
The Times says Bush aides believe that Democrats, who spent months seeking Gonzales's ouster, will pay a political price if they try to block confirmation of a new attorney general. Potential candidates who have taken themselves out of the running include former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, general counsel of Pepsico; former Attorney General William Barr, and federal appeals judge Laurence Silberman. George J. Terwilliger III, deputy attorney general under Bush's father, may be opposed by fellow Vermonter Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.