Quote of the Day: —“The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes
According to a source who must remain anonymous, we’ll call him anono-baen, TB has emerged as a finalist for the Supreme Court position being vacated by Justice Souter. The following interview, an idea semi-stolen inspired by a recent Daily Wit post, was conducted over the weekend at TB’s home in Ridgeland, MS. If at some point the conversation seems to lose its focus please be aware that while both asking and answering the questions, TB was concurrently trying to keep up with Leatherheads the latest uh, developments in the legal world, studious and dextrous, as usual.
Bloggin-baen–So TB, this might be a little awkward, but hey, its a big scoop so I can work with you if you can work with me.
Nominee-baen–Well, self, workin with me isn’t so bad, but sometimes I do find it hard to live with myself.
BB–Let’s get to the important questions. You’ve put the word out The word is out that you are a good bet to be President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court opening. Can you confirm or deny this rumor?
NB–Let me put it this way. If the rumors are true, it would showcase the judgment, character and political acumen of the President and his staff. In spite of that, I would be an excellent Justice.
BB–Even though a Justice’s position on abortion is one of the least important indicators, make that a completely irrelevant indicator, of a candidate’s potential as a jurist, we have seen through the years that to many it is a litmus test. Can you pass such a test?
NB–I have always been a good test taker. Except in law school. But I can never remember if the litmus turns red or blue. Besides, I’m color blind, which parenthetically is a condition that can serve you well in charming the ladies. This one time…
BB–Excuse me–Why don’t you just tell us how you feel about abortion?
NB–(chuckling heartily) Hahahahahahahaha
BB–You do realize that might be offensive to some?
NB–Oh, I’m sorry I wasn’t listening. Clooney just got punched out by that guy from The Office. I never saw that coming.
BB–You never saw that coming yet you think you are qualified to sit on the highest court in the land?
NB–(blank stare) <you knew that was coming>
BB–Let’s move on. How would you describe your judicial temperament?
NB and BB together–98.6 degrees. High Five!
BB–Well, I’m satisfied. And I think it should be clear to anyone reading the transcript of our conversation that you are a natural for handling the kind of inanity back and forth necessary for surviving the judicial committee hearings. But the issue of filibuster is ever present. We can assume the Democrats will largely support anyone President Obama nominates. Arlen Specter for instance has already talked about how if he was willing to support Clarence Thomas that should show everyone how little he gives a damn who sits on the Court after all. But how about the Republicans? You’ve gone on record with some pretty harsh criticism of them over the last year.
NB–It only takes one, baby. Or I could send over male prostitutes pages to all their offices. The results of that should yield at least ten votes in exchange for my legendary, um, discretion.
BB–That’s pretty low NB. And I must say, out of character for you.
NB–Dude, its a life time job. And think of the money I’ll save on work clothes.
BB–Good point. Do what you gotta do, man. It sounds like you’ve got all the bases covered. Is there anything that could possibly derail your nomination.
NB–Yes, one thing. If it got out I think it could really damage my credibility.
BB–(leaning in, hushed tone) It’s just between you and me.
NB–Sometimes I talk to myself.
BB–Aw, hell, I do that too. You’re a shoo-in.
Bonus Quote of the Day: –“The world’s great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes