Monday, June 27, 2005

A Prediction for Supreme Court Nominee

Men, forever tempted to lift the veil of the future—with the aid of computers or horoscopes or the intestines of sacrificial animals—have a worse record to show in these “sciences” than in almost any scientific endeavor.
Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), philosopher

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist did not issue his retirement notice today as expected. However, when he does I predict that George Bush will nominate Judge J. Michale Luttig, 51 an appellate judge in Virginia.

My reasoning is that Bush will strive to find the most right wing and the most objectionable nominee that anyone left of Attila the Hun will find an odious choice.

According the Los Angeles Times, most of Luttig's professional life has been spent working in Republican administrations or for conservative judges. His first job after law school was in the Reagan White House. He later was a clerk to Scalia on the District of Columbia appellate court and to then-Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. Luttig was a 37-year-old lawyer in President George H.W. Bush's administration when he was named to the federal court in Richmond. He delayed donning the black robe in the summer of 1991 to help the White House win confirmation for Thomas.

Just a prediction, I am not listing his judgments such as ruling that the Endangered Species Act was unconstitutional.

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