O'Connor Replacement to Be Announced at 9PM:
Big news — President Bush will be announcing his pick to replace Justice O'Connor tonight at 9pm. Given the unfortunate realities of the confirmation process, I feel a bit like it's the opening scene of a new Stephen Sondheim musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Courtroom."
Something familiar,
Something peculiar,
Something for everyone:
A nominee tonight!

Something appealing,
Something appalling,
Something for everyone:
A nominee tonight!

Nothing with kings, nothing with crowns;
Bring on the lovers, liars and clowns!

Old situations,
New complications,
Nothing portentous or polite;
Tragedy tomorrow,
A nominee tonight!

Something convulsive,
Something repulsive,
Something for everyone:
A nominee tonight!

Something aesthetic,
Something frenetic,
Something for everyone:
A nominee tonight!
  Or something like that, anyway. Stay tuned.
NickM (mail) (www):
Never choose a nominee during a total eclipse of the sun.

7.19.2005 3:04pm
So you left out the "Weighty affairs will just have to wait!" line...
7.19.2005 3:11pm
ed in texas (mail):
Get that man a cup of mare's sweat!
7.19.2005 3:14pm
aslanfan (mail):
Groucho's tune "Whatever it is, I'm against it" might be more appropriate for certain interested parties.
7.19.2005 4:07pm
Andy (mail) (www):
Or to paraphrase another Sondheim lyric:

Tonight, Tonight
A nominee Tonight!
7.19.2005 4:31pm
gina (mail) (www):
Is there anything that people do not place bets on ? gee
7.19.2005 4:44pm
Anybody else get the sense that this sudden announcement is a big wag the dog move to cut off discussion of Rove-gate?

Well, at least he isn't bombing Al-Qaeda like Clinton did to distract from Monica. Of course, now we all wish he had done that a bit more. But at the time it seemed like a bad idea.
7.19.2005 4:57pm
erp (mail):
No E. Shen. I might think he allowed all the wild accusations to go on to take the media's minds off what he's going to say tonight. From what's already known, Rove and Libby are off the hook and there are tapes and transcripts of Bush saying anyone convicted of leaking would be fired. Otherwise he'd be firing anyone the disloyal opposition accused of leaking.
7.19.2005 6:14pm
Paul Gowder (mail):
Beautiful -- now all we need is a chorus line to sing that on broadway. C'Mon Orin, write the play...
7.20.2005 11:34am