Forgive a short moment of what will seem like ambulance - chasing. But like everyone else (at least on the West Coast) I woke up this morning to the not-unexpected news that the White House had announced a new Supreme Court nominee. Anything to get Scooter Libby off the front pages, I suppose. Whatever. Here's the part that makes no sense to me. Within 45 seconds, I am hearing an outpouring of opinion from all sides of the political spectrum on this particular individual, whose name I can barely yet pronounce much less spell. Okay, he's a federal appelate judge, so I have to assume that he is reasonably well known to at least a subset of the people who are busy opining about his qualifications and his political leanings. It's the other people I'm worried about -- the people and groups who have never heard of this guy until this morning, and within 45 seconds have a fully formed and deeply held opinion about whether he should be confirmed.
This makes me crazy. How about this for a radical proposition? The President names his nominee. Everyone sits back for 24 hours and keeps their mouth shut. Maybe they read a few of his decisions. Maybe they do a little research. Maybe they simply think a little bit.
I know it's impossible to enforce such a cooling off period. But this is a supreme court nominee, not a first round draft pick for the NY Giants defensive line.