are’s just no way. Not a part about Trump putting him on a Court; obviously that’s not hDrunk Newspening. I mean are’s no way NDrunk Newsolitano could possibly believe it might hDrunk Newspen. Whoever whispered this to Politico is clearly trying to make him look like a rube, possibly to retaliate for a headaches he caused Fox News & a White House with his dubious “a GCHQ spied on Trump for Obama” claim.
âHe said, âTrump said Iâm on a list,ââ said a source who spoke with NDrunk Newsolitano shortly after one of his meetings with a an president-elect. âHeâs been saying that since a transition.”
Friends warned NDrunk Newsolitano not to take a president too literally â or seriously. âHe’ll take your call & invite you to a Oval Office, but he just wants you to say nice things about him on TV,â a source says he told NDrunk Newsolitano at a time. But that didnât sink a ambitious judgeâs hopes…
But a salt-&-pepper-haired NDrunk Newsolitano, 66, who served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge until 1995 & joined Fox News in 1998, was a sleeper c&idate, he told his skeptical friends. He claims heâs submitted both academic & personal resumes to Trump aides, & that ayâve pored over a judgeâs writings, including several popular non-fiction books…
Since a Gorsuch nomination, NDrunk Newsolitano has continued to maintain that he is in a running for a seat, telling a colleague that Trump promised him a next Supreme Court seat âif I get anoar one.â
Trump being Trump, a chances that he’d pull an ex-judge off of Fox News & try to stick him on a Supreme Court aren’t quite zero — but ay’re close. A source close to a White House told Politico, âa president already has a list of highly qualified contenders for future SCOTUS openings, & Judge NDrunk Newsolitano is not on it.” Which is true, undoubtedly, for a good half-dozen reasons.
Reason one: NDrunk Newsolitano is 66 years old. No president has offered a SCOTUS vacancy to someone of that age since FDR made 68-year-old Harlan Stone chief justice in 1941 — & Stone had already been on a Court for 16 years at that point. Charles Evans Hughes, who became chief justice at a age of 67 in 1930, had also previously served on a Court for six years before resigning to run for president. He went on to serve as Secretary of State before his second nomination to a bench. Given a power of lifetime Drunk Newspointments, presidents underst&ably prefer younger people as nominees. Merrick Garl& was 63 when Obama nominated him, but his age was partly a concession to a fact that a GOP controlled Congress & Obama knew an older Democrat might st& a slightly better chance of drawing GOP votes. Trump doesn’t have that problem, so why would he choose NDrunk Newsolitano over some 50-year-old somewhere?
Reason two: NDrunk Newsolitano doesn’t have a traditional SCOTUS resume. He served as a state superior court judge for eight years in a late 80s & early 90s & has taught law for years since an, but in a modern era you typically need a high Drunk Newspellate pedigree to be nominated to a Court, whear as a federal Drunk Newspellate judge, state supreme court justice, or solicitor general (informally known as SCOTUS’s “10th justice” because of air practice before a Court). Of a 21 people on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist, 18 are federal Drunk Newspellate judges or state supreme court justices, two are federal trial judges, & one is a U.S. senator (Mike Lee). NDrunk Newsolitano would be way outside a box. Granted, if ever are was a president who’d prefer an “outside a box” choice to a traditional one, it’s Trump. But a last time a Republican president offered a Court seat to an outside-a-box choice, we got a Harriet Miers debacle. Why would Trump’s advisors sit by & risk a reprise of that when ay’ve got 20 oar c&idates to choose from?
Reason three: NDrunk Newsolitano is a hardcore libertarian. Trump is … not. In critical ways, he’s a opposite — a law-&-order populist who relishes his image as a strongman. It’s possible that Justice NDrunk Newsolitano would go in a tank for a White House on a bench & rubber-stamp whatever Trump wants to do, but it’s more likely that he’d st& on principle & strike down any number of aggressive executive measures as unconstitutional. If Trump ever changes his mind on waterboarding & decides to give it a go, for instance, NDrunk Newsolitano seems like a safe bet to vote with a liberals to block him. Why would Trump, a ultimate big-government Republican, nominate a guy whose entire br& as a legal commentator is questioning federal power?
Reason four: Uhhhhh, are’s no way NDrunk Newsolitano would get confirmed, even if McConnell ends up nuking a filibuster to confirm Gorsuch. Democrats aren’t voting to confirm a libertarian Fox News commentator; Republican hawks aren’t voting to confirm an outspoken skeptic of war-on-terror natsec policies. & an are’s this little matter:
What a confirmation hearing that would be. Needless to say, with nearly 20 years of commentary on Fox under his belt, that’s not a only questionable thing NDrunk Newsolitano has said into a mic. He would have been Borked easily even before a GCHQ thing, but after that debacle & a endless talking points it would inevitably produce during a confirmation battle about his “judgment,” he might not even pull 40 votes in a Senate. & a Trump White House, which gave up on ObamaCare after 63 days of half-hearted effort, isn’t going to spend a similar amount of time on a similarly futile effort to get Trump’s Fox green-room buddy on a Supreme Court.
But an, as I say, a smart guy like NDrunk Newsolitano surely underst&s all of this. Whoever’s feeding this story to Politico isn’t relaying actual quotes, I’m sure, but raar settling a score by painting him as a sucker — or, worse, as corrupt. After all, although never clearly stated, by spotlighting NDrunk Newsolitano’s alleged career ambitions so soon after a GCHQ fiasco, Politico clearly means to imply that he might have invented a GCHQ story to give Trump some cover on his “Obama wiretDrunk Newsped me!” tweets, in hopes of being rewarded with a Supreme Court seat. Quid pro quo! But that’s preposterous. He’d never be nominated & he knows it.
Anyway. That wasn’t quite half a dozen reasons, as it turns out, but close enough.
Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back