Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!
A week from today, President Trump is expected to announce his next Supreme Court pick. There’s a name I’d like to see offered up that isn’t on the list: Judge Andrew Napolitano. Still, the President appears to be doing his due diligence. Excerpt:
While the president told reporters a day earlier that it was possible he would interview one or two candidates at Bedminster over the weekend, the official said that as of Saturday evening no presidential interviews with candidates had taken place, and that such meetings weren’t expected on Sunday either. Trump returns to the White House Sunday evening.
Trump said Friday he’d narrowed his search for a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy to about five finalists, including two women, and will announce his pick on July 9.
A person familiar with the process said Friday that White House officials were focused primarily on five federal appeals court judges — Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.
“I like them all but I’ve got it down to about five,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. In response to a question about Barrett, he called her “an outstanding woman.”
At this moment I’m resisting the urge to advocate that the President nominate Roy Moore just to enjoy the industrial-grade RHEEEEE and the sound of leftist heads exploding – even though I think Moore would be a terrible candidate for the spot myself. That would, however, be some epic-level trolling by a President who is candidly pretty good at that art.
But seriously, why not consider a libertarian justice like Judge Napolitano? That would really rattle some of the ideological underpinnings of Court decisions; Judge Napolitano would be solid on the Second Amendment and skeptical on such examples of Imperial overreach as the War on Drugs.
My own preferences aside, though, here is a bit of advice for all you True Believers: Have a good supply of popcorn ready for a week from today. No matter whose name the President places in nomination, the outcry from his political opponents will be epic.