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- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Monday, April 12, 2010

Justice Stevens' Resignation

The recent announcement of Justice Stevens' imminent resignation from the Supreme Court has set off a lot of turmoil.

Of course, in more placid political times, one would expect the sitting president to probably get his nominee appointed without too much fuss.

But these aren't normally placid times. Instead, we have a naive, inexperienced, socialist president who rammed an unpopular and unwanted health care bill through Congress by the barest of majorities, using bribes and legislative tricks.

While confirmation of Stevens' replacement will only require 51 Senators to vote for him/her, the Republicans have warned of a filibuster if the nominee is unacceptable to them.

I suppose the good news is that, being a liberal, Stevens' replacement can only be, well, at worst, a liberal, as well. Even the most anti-American, socialist liberal that Wonderboy could find, made in his own image and likeness, can't really affect the existing balance.

Despite the pleas of some Republican Senators, like perennially-naive looking Orrin Hatch of Utah, I'm quite sure Wonderboy won't nominate anyone even remotely moderate in political outlook.

The real surprise to me, however, is the appearance of Hilary Clinton's name as a nominee.

Is this a joke?

What possible qualifications could she have for the Supreme Court? Being the wife of a former, impeached president? Being a run-of-the-mill, small-time lawyer from Arkansas? Having dabbled in questionable cases during her active legal career, such as the infamous real estate dealings in the Whitewater scandal?

Don't we typically prefer Supreme Court nominees to have been on the bench somewhere before? Shown some judicial temperament and ability to rule with minimal reversals?

If anyone lacks judicial temperament, it would be Hilary.

Honestly, I hope it was and is a joke. Because it would be the ultimate evidence of our country becoming a plutocracy if we see a president nominating a former president's wife, from his own party, for the Supreme Court.

I had hoped we had not yet sunk to the level of Argentina, but, maybe I'm wrong.

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