WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- With Harriet Miers out of the picture, conservative activists vow to oppose any future Supreme Court nominee without solid conservative credentials.
President Bush said he would name his new selection "in a timely manner," and after the selection process that resulted in the John Roberts and Miers nominations, considerable research already has been done, CNN said Friday.
Democrats, meanwhile, urged the president to have patience with the process and to pick a nominee in the judicial "mainstream."
"I think (conservative groups) will swing into action again" if they disagree with his next pick, said conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle Forum. "The judicial issue was a major issue in the 2004 elections, and it was a reason why many people voted for Bush even though they might have been unhappy (with him) for other reasons."
Schlafly said Bush has "a dozen" possible nominees whom conservative activists would accept, while singling out U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as a nominee they could not embrace.