2 July 2005
Fitted for the robe
With Sandra Day O'Connor retiring, and given the somewhat reasonable probability that the President will nominate someone who isn't a white male of European descent well, how about this?
Bush should nominate Ann Coulter. She is [a] constitutional scholar with a J.D. from a respectable law school. That's more than most of our Justices have had, historically.
Either they confirm her, or they raise hell. Assuming they raise hell enough to block the nomination, anyone else Bush puts up as a replacement looks moderate by comparison. Then, he can name someone in the mold of Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, and the opposition will have to give in, since the replacement will be soooooo much better than Ann Coulter.
I have to admit, I like the sound of this. And Coulter's just into her forties, so she'd be around for a long time.
Besides, anyone who objects on the basis of frivolity Coulter's sense of humor is spectacularly barbed is a few years too late: Scalia's already there.
(Seen at The Professor's.)
Posted at 9:43 AM to Political Science Fiction
It would be a dream come true. Coulter is a serious constitutional scholar and a well-practiced lawyer to boot. There's no doubt where she stands on anything, a huge asset in picking an appellate jurist. Finally, I doubt there's any combination of eight other men or women that could make her back down from what she held to be true.
Some would say that her lack of bench time disqualifies her. Why? It didn't disqualify Thurgood Marshall or Lewis Powell.
Is it too soon to start a campaign, or too late?
Just what we need: a nominee who joked that terrorists should blow up the NY Times building.
Uh -- right, Patterico, that's just what we need. Didn't you read the rest of the post?
I'd favor it just to watch 44 United States Senators spontaneously combust in perfect unison.
I'm with McGehee... though I'll admit that I'd be perfectly appalled (and looking to move somewhere else) if she actually got confirmed.
Her actual decisions would probably be fine, as long as she wasn't called on to decide the case of whether the NYT building should be blown up. Now the spontaneous combustion described by McGehee *would* be amusing to see . . .