Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
All the best satire is just a little bit too true. I read Supreme Courtship years ago. Now that Justice Antonin Scalia has died unexpectedly and, as my friend Suzanne wisely said, threw a gooey chocolate cupcake on the anthill that is 2016 politics, this book has become increasingly relevant.
The plot is frighteningly not far fetched. There is an opening on the Supreme Court. The President nominates candidate after qualified candidate, who are all refused by the Senate for purely political (and ridiculous) reasons, such as not sufficiently appreciating “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
In a moment of frustration, the President nominates Pepper Cartwright, a Judge Judy-like character as a way of thumbing his nose at the Senate to show how ridiculous they are. However, there isn’t a Senator in the room who is willing to say anything negative about a beloved public figure, and she ends up being confirmed as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
I thought the book was wonderful and hilarious years ago when it wasn’t topical. Now that we face a world (and a situation) in which something like that has as much of a chance of happening as anything else, I can’t imagine why it shouldn’t be required reading for everyone before they express an opinion on social media or at a cocktail party.
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