Pickering is a long-time friend of Republican leader Trent Lott. It was Lott who pressed the White House to nominate Pickering, and it is Lott, according to one member of his staff, who is pressing the White House to fight harder for Pickering’s job.
“They could have done a better job of setting him up to win,” says the Lott aide. “They’ve hung Judge Pickering out to dry and he deserved better.”
Yet according to the Hatch aide and several Republican Judiciary Committee staff members, Lott did little to prep his side of the aisle for Pickering’s nomination fight. This, even though the NAACP had listed Pickering as its No. 1 target in the first round of judicial nominations made by Bush.
“This whole thing was a clusterf—k from the get-go,” says another Republican Judiciary staffer. “I feel sorry for Pickering, but his friends didn’t do him any great shakes in this fight.”p>
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