Whitehouse to SCOTUS?
As I was driving around this morning, I heard
from our corporate overlords on WPRO that RI Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was an “out of the box” candidate to fill the soon-to-be vacated Supreme Court seat currently held by Justice Stevens. Upon further research, it seems the idea was first floated by a contributor to the Huffington Post yesterday afternoon. In a piece titled “Sheldon Whitehouse and 4 Other Superb ‘Out of the Box’ Suggestions to Replace Justice Stevens,” Paul Abrams wrote:
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has the sharpest mind in the Senate. He is a former attorney general. His sharp mind, rhetorical skills, keen understanding of how government works, and his political experience suggest he would be a strong advocate, persuasive thinker, consensus builder, and, when in the minority, a cogent dissenter. Advocates before the Court would have to triple their preparation to meet his withering questioning. The Court, the standard of advocacy, and the entire country would benefit.
Yes, Glenn Beck would likely conjure a grand conspiracy in sending someone named “Whitehouse” to the Supreme Court, but as a sitting Senator it would be difficult for Republicans to filibuster his nomination recognizing he would be among them for a long time. Moreover, Republicans know, by serving with him, that their attempts to posture and to lie would result in their undressing on national television. A Democrat, or a Lincoln Chafee, would replace him. He could do far more benefit as 1 of 9 on the Supreme Court than 1 of 100 in the Senate.
Hm. Whitehouse hasn’t exactly enamored himself to some of his potential future colleagues with his criticism of the Court’s decision on campaign finance reform, in which he accused the conservative justices of being nothing more than puppets for corporations (and more). To this point, Sen. Whitehouse hasn’t exactly displayed the sort of judicial temperament one would expect. Ideological firebrand is more like it. While I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the idea of “losing” Sen. Patrician–I didn’t vote for him (ahem)–I can’t quite bring myself to support the idea of pawning our problem onto the entire U.S.