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November 09, 2004

Chief Justice Ashcroft

John Ashcroft is retiring as U.S. Attorney General, just as a vacancy on the Supreme Court is about to open up. (lvha)

Coincidence? It wouldn't seem so to me, yet there's no speculation on an Ashcroft nomination to the Supreme Court in the media, nor in any of the lawyer blogs I thought to check--How Appealing, Volokh, IsThatLegal and Insty.

Maybe they know something I don't, or perhaps the whole idea is so beyond the pale that no one has thought about it yet.

But it would seem to me an excellent way of paying off my base, were I a Republican President recently re-elected thanks to a large turnout on the Christian right. After all, the party's going to need them to come out again in 2006--and certainly John is looking for a a fresh challenge.

"The demands of justice are both rewarding and depleting. I take great personal satisfaction in the record which has been developed. The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved. The rule of law has been strengthened and upheld in the courts. Yet, I believe that the Department of Justice would be well served by new leadership and fresh inspiration. I believe that my energies and talents should be directed toward other challenging horizons."

Chief Justice Ashcroft. There's three words that'll give Ted Kennedy night sweats.

Posted by Bigwig at November 9, 2004 10:12 PM | TrackBack
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Two things:
Strong commitment to the Drug War.

Weak-to-no commitment to the Bill of Rights, particularly the Second.

Oh, two and half: that ridiculous business covering up that statue.

Having said that, I'll be surprised if his successor does much better, or that the guy Kerry would have put in would have been any better. It does kinda make sense that being a Hard Ass is kinda part of the AG job description.

I'll also say I want that evil thug Mineta out on his ass--he's profiling everybody except potential terrorists. Plus, his stonewalling over arming pilots was dangerously stupid. Whose side is he on?

And get rid of the Powells while you're at it, particularly the one at the FCC.

I'm very pleased that Bush will continue to direct the War On Terror. But I do not want anyone in his cabinet that thinks that making war on the American people, or on the Constitution, will make things any better.

Posted by: refugee at November 10, 2004 03:29 AM

Oh, dag nab it, I meant to say I didn't want anyone in his cabinet or, especially, on the Supreme Court, that doesn't strongly support the BoR, or that thinks making war on the American will make things better, etc.

Posted by: refugee at November 10, 2004 03:32 AM

As much as I like John Ashcroft, many people out there do not.

Nominating Ashcroft would be a really, really BAD idea.

A president has to be a politician as well as a leader. To win the game you have to play the game.

Yes, Ashcroft on the Supreme Court would be a great F-U to all the lefties out there, but I think it would be a very costly idea.

It would give the Left way too much ammunition to scare the moderates.

A better idea is to nominate someone with a similar value base but without Ashcroft's "baggage".

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at November 10, 2004 05:01 AM

He is not in good health, and the Supreme court already has plenty of unwell judges. It was Oswald in the Tower with a carbine, alone. So there.

Posted by: Rich at November 11, 2004 03:00 AM

Lately it was in vogue for celebrities to profess intent to shuffle off to Canada or Belgium or Nigeria or anywhere else in the world where Bush hadn't been re-elected.
As for myself, seeing Ashcroft sitting on the Supreme Court would just about do it. I'll have to keep a set of bags and a New Zealand phrasebook on hand now, just in case...

Posted by: TheMasterTimekeeper at November 11, 2004 05:00 PM

Well, Ted Kennedy deserve to have night sweats.

Posted by: MattSkosh at November 12, 2004 01:35 AM
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