BREAKING NEWS: sometime shortly after writing our choices for Federal Judge, the "short list" was announced: Judges Bagley and Scola and Fed PD Kathy Williams are the three finalists. Congratulations to all three! Glad to know the JNC reads our blog.
MarKus broke the shortlist story.
Before we begin, we highly recommend you go to the federal blog and read guest blogger Dore Louis's reporting on the interviews in Federal Court for the open slot. State court Judges Barzee, Bob Scola, and Bagely got rave reviews, as did Federal PD Kathy Williams.
Anyone of those four would be a great great choice.
Item: Two thirds of Republicans want (soon to be former) Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be a "major national political figure." This poll was conducted after Palin announced she was picking up her salmon and going home.
Longtime and careful readers of the blog know our admiration for the 40th President of the United States: one Ronald Wilson Reagan. Said readers also know the despair which we have felt watching the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt and Reagan (not to mention G H W Bush) descend into the mindless madness of right wing anti-intellectual religious leaders.
And now 2/3's of Republicans want to add the name "Palin" to Lincoln, Roosevelt, et.al. It's like adding the names Moe, Larry and Curly to the story of the Exodus in the bible. Actually, it's a lot worse. Moe could have conked the Pharaoh on the head while Curly danced around on one foot hooting and hollering. We can't think of anything constructive Palin could have done with Lincoln or Roosevelt.
The New Yorker Magazine, noting Palin resigned on July 3, and the Declaration Of Independence was signed the next day in 1776, had this observation on Palin's resignation:
Here's Jefferson on political change:
Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Here is Palin on the same topic:
Government's supposed to serve from the bottom up and not move towards this top-down, big government takeover, but rather will be protectors of individual rights, who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed, and they're willing to call an audible and pass the ball when it's time so the team can win.
You see, the problem is that two thirds of Republicans don't remember that in the almost forgotten Federalist paper #99, Jefferson was a staunch opponent of calling an audible and passing. He believed in a strong ground game. Indeed it was Jefferson who first noted that "when you pass the ball, three things can happen, two of them bad."
See you in court, where it's still hot, and unlike most judges, we're still wearing a tie.