Sunday, July 10, 2005

Reserved Slots on the Supreme Court

Many pontificators and pundits are speculating on what the next Supreme Court Justice should look, think and feel like. I find the following a little unnerving somehow.

Ideology Main Concern in Replacing O'Connor

Many liberals and conservatives agree that O'Connor's seat on the court should be reserved for a woman — so long as she is the right kind of woman.

Oh really? I knew that the Democrats had an abortion litmus test, but I didn’t realize we had a female quota. In any case, Ruth Bader Ginsburg ought to count for three.

"Let's be real. What we'd like is a person who's a woman, but also a woman like Sandra Day O'Connor, who will not go backward on women's rights," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

I smell a ‘turn back the clock’ coming on.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is on the record saying that the court should have no fewer than two women.

Well, if we are going to make a quota of two, why not five? That would more closely reflect America. Afterall, it’s not like the president should get to pick who he wants or anything, even if that is what the Constitution stipulates. Heck, we tossed out that dusty old rag years ago.

Women's groups on the left agree that they want four or five women on the high court so long as none of them is conservative.

I knew it! Not only does it have to be a woman, but it has to be the right kind of woman. We wouldn’t want anyone to know that some women don’t tow the feminist line.

As always, TSW has a solution that should appease everyone. All we have to do is rewrite the Constitution to stipulate that the Supreme Court must be made up of the following:

1 White Male Liberal who calls himself moderate
1 White Male Conservative
1 White Female Far Flung Liberal
1 White Female Moderate (So that both sides can claim the Court is extreme)
1 Black Male - Political Leaning Optional
1 Black Female Conservative or Moderate
1 Hispanic – Political Leaning and Gender Optional
1 Asian/Pacific Islander/Native American – Political Leaning and Gender Optional
1 Gay, Transgender, Hermaphrodite or Asexual Liberal – Gender and Race Optional

I think this would almost represent every race/gender/political category possible. We can mess around with the makeup if this isn’t exactly perfect. Think this sounds stupid? It’s no more stupid than reserving two Supreme Court slots for women. In fact, it’s the same thing. Sometimes bad ideas can be highlighted only by taking them to an absurd level. I don't care if all nine justices are women, as long as the President gets to pick who he wants.

In Sports:

Nats 4, Phillies 5
Braves 4, Brewers 8

At the Break:

1. Washington -
2. Atlanta 2.5
3. Florida 7.0
4. Philadelphia 7.5
5. NY Mets 8.0

Now, anyone who knows anything knows that this is not going to last. It appears that the Nats are already starting to slide a bit in the last couple of weeks. It is the natural law of the National League East that the Atlanta Braves will come on strong in the second half and win it yet again. This will last until Bobby Cox decides to retire. But for now, the Washington Nationals are in 1st place! How can anyone not love a team that actually appreciates the fans that come to watch them. How can anyone not love a team with a total payroll of less than $50 million. The only thing I can think of that could screw this up would be for Soros to buy the team. But until that happens, here’s to the wildcard and a good playoff run for the 1st year Nats.