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The fucking stupidest way to pick a Supreme Court imaginable

by: Eric B.

Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 16:18:26 PM EDT

I don't mean to drop an "F" bomb in the headline. Okay, I'm lying. I do mean to do it. Why? This.

Historically, candidates often favored in the race, which receives the least amount of attention among voters, are incumbents and women with Irish names.

I love the ladies, but what's happened is that both parties are working that fact. They've simply ceased to pretend anymore that the Supreme Court is anything but another Election Day chip. Soon, we'll have no one on the Supreme Court but women with Irish last names because they do better in polls.

It's time to end this farce, because it's making a joke of our court system. 

Eric B. :: The fucking stupidest way to pick a Supreme Court imaginable
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The process is a joke.  I'd actually be content with the court being an appointed one.  That said, Bridget Mary McCormack is going to be a wickedly awesome justice, and I'd even go so far as to say chief justice material.  I guess even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and again.  So there is that silver lining along with the fact it looks like the Dems are going to take back the court.  

But, yeah, this thing is a total and utter sham.  

I would like to 14 year terms so that a justice is appointed regularly every two years.  There could be other requirements like prior experience on the court of appeals or perhaps the governor would have to pick a nominee from a slate of candidates recommended by the state bar. Just like at the federal level, I would be happy with appointments to the lower courts as well.  To maintain a sense of popularism, judicial elections could be retained for the district court level.

Voting down the constitutional convention proposal in 2010 was a missed opportunity.

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