Claude Allen renomination as evidence of Bush getting tough on judgeships

This article from National Review Online says that President Bush has gotten tougher but Senator Hatch has gone soft on the fight for the hearts and minds of the federal judiciary - the article notes that while the president defied tradition in nominating Claude Allen, a "Virginian," for a Maryland seat, Senator Hatch has told Democrat senators he will "negotiate" on the Allen nomination.

In an unrelated article, Senator Leahy cited the renomination of Allen together with the recess appointment of Charles Pickering as "disappointing developments" that would make it difficult for Senate judiciary committee members to work together.