I previously posted about Governor Sunna’s nomination of Bobbie Hantz Marconi to the New Hampshire Supreme Court here and here. In brief, I was of the opinion that Sununu was playing identity-politics along the lines President George W. Bush played when he nominated Harriet Miers to the United States Supreme Court because Marconi has no experience in or interest in constitutional law.
I truly hate to say I told you so, given how rare and crucial supreme court appointments are, but I told you so. Continue reading
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
You have got to hand it to the New Hampshire Democrats and the New Hampshire political press. Although the Republicans in 2016 won control of all of State government –the House, the Senate, the Executive Council, and the Governor’s office– the Democrats and the press have used the public hearing requirement in the legislative rules as a tool to end-run the election results and push the Democrat agenda. Continue reading
Obama and the Democrats are using an incremental strategy to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Continue reading