29 April 2005
Meet Judge So-and-so
If you're nominated for a Federal judicial position, it is considered unseemly actually to campaign for the slot.
I've never understood why people nominated for a Senate-confirmed job all of a sudden have to shut up and not say anything publicly. Well, actually, I do know: This is an ancient D.C. protocol that's meant to show respect for the world's greatest deliberative body, or some such nonsense. Yet a nominee like Judge [Janice Rogers] Brown is her own best advocate. She ought to be going on Larry King and a few other shows to talk about her background born in the South, attended segregated schools, remembers Brown v. Board decision coming down, etc. Americans will like her. But right now they've never met her. And they won't ever meet her as long as she's bottled up by Democratic senators, to whom the administration continues to pay fealty by observing a set of outdated and counterproductive rules.
Given the shrillness of Democratic rhetoric in such matters, I'm inclined to think that it might be wise for the Bush administration to put all its "controversial" nominees on the talk-show circuit, if only to demonstrate that they don't actually have two heads and enslave children and eat ivory-billed woodpeckers for breakfast.
And of course it would outrage the likes of Barbara Boxer, but that's merely a fringe benefit.Posted at 7:48 AM to Political Science Fiction