Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to stop conservative attorney Ted Olson from becoming attorney general if he's nominated, Reuters reports. The former solicitor general is thought to be President Bush's first choice, but faces stiff opposition from Dems who are pushing for a less partisan figure after Alberto Gonzales' stormy term. "Ted Olson will not be confirmed," Reid vowed.
Olson represented Bush in the Supreme Court battle over the 2000 presidential election, defended the administration's controversial legal strategy for the war on terror, and was believed to be behind GOP efforts to dig up scandals involving the Clintons. "I will do everything within my power to stop him," Reid promised.