McConnell Joins Rogeriee
With their recommendations to President Obama to nominate local
Democrat Party mega-donor lawyer Jack McConnell to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, we learn that Senators Reed and Whitehouse are proving to be unique evaluators of judicial talent. Apparently, McConnell has joined previous nominee O. Rogeriee Thompson as being one of the 4 nominees (out of 56) to receive a few “not qualified” marks from the American Bar Association’s judicial rating panel. Don’t worry, though. It’s not their fault!
Reed and Whitehouse have both expressed reservations about the ABA’s system of rating candidates to the federal bench. Commenting on Thompson’s ratings, Whitehouse said the ABA system tilts toward a “big-firm, corporate law” view of judges that “does not sufficiently value” her career of service. Reed has objected to the fact that the ABA discloses only its final grades on nominees, generally withholding any information about the interviews and other factors that led to the final grade.
Yeah, that’s the ticket. Somehow the system routinely discriminates against Rhode Island’s nominees (since Reed and Whitehouse started tag-teaming, anyway).