The First Draft: Obama campaigns again – for his court pick
But this time he’s not trying to win himself a job …he is trying to win over support for his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.
Even though regular Americans — or the elite Democrats attending fundraisers — don’t get to vote for Supreme Court nominee, they can pressure their senators.
Sounding like he did while stumping for more than a year on the campaign trail, Obama spoke passionately about his choice of Sotomayor — the first Hispanic woman ever nominated to the high court — to Democrats at a fundraiser for Democratice Majority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas.
He also sent around a video message about Sotomayor to supporters, campaign-style.
“This decision affects us all — and so it must involve it all. I’ve recorded a special message to personally introduce Judge Sotomayor and explain why I’m so confident she will make an excellent Justice … The discussions that follow will be among the most important we have as a nation. You can begin the conversation today by watching this special message and then passing it on.”
Obama is using the network that proved so effective for him during the campaign to try to get Senate approval for his first nominee to the court, to replace retiring Justice David Souter.
The president is in Las Vegas for the day before flying to Los Angeles for a fundraiser in the evening. During the day he will talk about the economic stimulus package and highlight areas of progress made in the economy over the past 100 days.
While the Supreme Court nominee got top billing in the newspapers and morning TV shows, investors are still thinking about the future of General Motors. The largest U.S. automaker is moving closer and closer to a bankruptcy filing that is expected in the next week or so.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed (Obama speaks at fundraiser in Los Vegas); REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (GM dealership in Montreal)