WASHINGTON — Conservative groups gearing up for a fight over President Obama’s next Supreme Court nomination are looking to tea party activists to brew up opposition to the White House’s pick for the nation’s highest court. Harnessing the power the tea party movement – known for its high-energy rallies and protests calling for small government, lower taxes and less spending – would be a coup for conservatives, who were not able to stop the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor last year. This time, “you may have a whole new group of activists involved,” said Tom Fitton of the conservative group Judicial Watch. The White House revealed Monday that Obama’s candidates for the Supreme Court include a new name, federal appeals court judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, and at least six who were contenders when Obama chose Sotomayor as his first high-court nominee. In the mix are former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, federal appeals court judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Those names have been confirmed to The Associated Press by the White House. Not under consideration to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens is Hillary… Read full this story
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