Monday, March 16, 2009

Missouri Plan creates headache for Palin in Alaska

Amanda Carpenter of the Washington Times reports that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is under fire from some social conservatives for appointing a pro-choice woman with ties to Planned Parenthood to the Supreme Court. However, Palin did so with her hands tied behind her back: under Alaska's version of the Missouri Plan, Palin was only given two nominees from which to choose, BOTH of whom were pro-choice. Palin's situation mirrors former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's nomination of Patricia Breckenridge: in both cases, angry conservatives urged the governor to reject the panel's nominees, who were ideologically 180 degrees away from any judge the governor would've selected with a free hand.

Instead of giving the ultra-liberal Bar Association such an outsized role in the selection of judges, why not try the federal model of an executive nomination with Senate confirmation? It's so crazy, it just might work!