Seeking for Righteousness

The Personal Blog of Kaimi Wenger

Wow – TAPPED makes an incredibly incorrect statement

TAPPED often has interesting insights, but their recent post on the Estrada controversy is quite possibly the most uninformed thing anyone on either side of the debate has said yet (and that’s really quite an accomplishment).

TAPPED writes:

“But Tapped would point out that it is also unprecedented for a president to nominate a man who has zero experience as a judge to the second-highest court in the land.”

Unprecedented to appoint someone to the DC Circuit with no judging experience? Completely wrong. In fact, it’s not even unprecedented for a president to appoint someone directly to the Supreme Court who has no prior experience as a judge. There’s one there right now: Chief Justice Rehnquist. There have been others, as well, like Byron White and even Chief Justice John Marshall.

But wait, TAPPED didn’t say the Supremes, they said the DC Circuit. Are they right on that count? Here’s a little tidbit TAPPED might want to look into — there are three current Supreme Court justices who came to the Court by way of the DC Circuit (one reason it’s sometimes considered “the second highest court in the land”). Their names are Ginsburg, Scalia, and Thomas. And every one of them was appointed to the DC Circuit with absolutely no prior experience as a judge.

See, e.g., handy link to Supreme Court bios

Yep, I think TAPPED has officially taken misinformation to a new level.

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February 14, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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