The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 November 2005

The gander resists sauce

Senator Leahy was on C-Span yesterday, and reportedly complained that Judge Alito "won't bring any more diversity to the Supreme Court than I do to the Senate." Which prompts the following question:

If diversity is the "it" characteristic, and since Leahy doesn't bring diversity to the Senate and yet makes such a big point of it, are we to think that he's urging his constituents to impeach or at least recall him?

Impeachment isn't on the table: this is neither a high crime nor a misdemeanor. But it's fair to say that consistency, foolish or otherwise, isn't the hobgoblin of Leahy's mind.

And besides:

I'm guessing just off the top of my head that he'd have had a fit if Bush had nominated a black lesbian conservative which would, after all, have brought a whole bunch of diversity with one person.

I'd pay to see that. (There are black lesbian conservatives, aren't there?)

Posted at 10:05 AM to Political Science Fiction


Diversity should be one, but not the only, characteristic. I'm just saying, we can throw "only the most qualified get nominated" out the window after Harriet Miers, and after that, having the Supreme Court be somewhat representative of the country is at least a noble goal.

After all, by definition, the body of Senators come from 50 different states and are chosen by the people. If Alito is confirmed, the US Supreme Court will have two ultra-conservative Republican-appointed white male Catholics from Trenton, NJ.

That's 22% of the Supreme Court fitting that profile. That's like 22 identical Senators. Make of that what you will. Me, I just like math.

Posted by: Matt at 1:48 PM on 1 November 2005

Well, originally the Senators were chosen by the states; the 17th Amendment changed that. (I am not persuaded that it was an improvement.) And surely the Miers debacle threw a serious monkey wrench into that GOP mantra about "every nominee deserves an up-or-down vote."

But the unfortunate fact about statistics is that you won't get anything meaningful out of a population as small as nine.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:07 PM on 1 November 2005

Plus if we got a black lesbian conservative on the court, I bet we'd get a lot more opportunities for cervix puns.

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at 6:52 PM on 1 November 2005

If Alito is confirmed, the US Supreme Court will have two ultra-conservative Republican-appointed white male Catholics from Trenton, NJ.

Heh. I remember complaining years ago about how a state as large and diverse as California is represented in the Senate by two wealthy, white, Jewish, liberal women from San Francisco.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:01 PM on 1 November 2005

I thought you'd like that idea. Ok: contest! Name one.

Posted by: anne at 10:59 AM on 3 November 2005