I previously posted about Governor Sununu’s nomination of Bobbie Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, likening it to President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers.
The Executive Council, which must confirm the nomination, will hold a “public hearing” on the nomination. Unlike hearings before the United States Senate, where a finite number of witnesses are called by each Party, the “public hearing” held by the Executive Council allows any member of the public to speak.
This makes hearings on judicial nominees before the Executive Council essentially a farce. Judges should not be nominated based on their popularity with the public, but based upon criteria I discussed in a prior post: (1) Judicial Philosophy (2) Intellectual capacity (3) Experience (4) Integrity and (5) Demeanor.
Here are two questions the GOP Executive Councilors should ask the nominee, but probably won’t. Continue reading