The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

I'm serious.

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?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 12:29 PM on 2 July 2005

Just what we need: a nominee who joked that terrorists should blow up the NY Times building.

Posted by: Patterico at 2:12 PM on 2 July 2005

Uh -- right, Patterico, that's just what we need. Didn't you read the rest of the post?

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 2:41 PM on 2 July 2005

I'd favor it just to watch 44 United States Senators spontaneously combust in perfect unison.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:03 AM on 3 July 2005

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.

Posted by: Kathy K at 8:07 PM on 3 July 2005

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 . . .

Posted by: Patterico at 3:55 PM on 4 July 2005