Who will get the nomination to become the next U.S. Attorney General? The newspapers seem to think that Theodore B. Olson will.
The NYT said yesterday: "The White House is closing in on a nominee to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, with former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson considered one of the leading candidates, administration and Congressional officials said Tuesday."
The Washington Post also weighed in: "Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, who has defended the administration’s policies in the war on terrorism, has emerged as a top contender to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, congressional and administration officials said on Tuesday."
Today the WSJ notes: "A leading contender to replace Alberto Gonzales, who resigned last month, is former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, according to several people close to the administration."
The Senate will have to confirm any nominee, but nobody will accuse Blawgletter of jumping the gun if we ponder what a Olson AG-ship would mean for bidness litigation. Mr. Olson’s online list of Selected Appellate Litigation reflects a solid history of advocating limiting causes of action and expanding defenses. As the Bard says, "what’s past is prologue".