Skip to comments.The Paul Clement Court
Posted on 05/19/2012 2:46:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Clements career is cresting just as the momentous legal crusades of a radicalized Republican Party are reaching the appellate level. His ability to strip the politics out of a contentious argument, the goodwill he engenders from Democrats, and his chumminess with the justices�these are all qualities that would appear to be anachronistic in contemporary, hyperpartisan Washington. But the case of Paul Clement suggests that, at least in one corner of the capital, they are very much in demand.
Clement disputes this political interpretation. �Look, I get it, I hang out in this town, I understand how people are looking at this case.� We are talking about Obamacare one recent afternoon in his Washington, D.C., law office. �But if you really get down to the legal issue thats at the heart of it, its not really a partisan issue.� Clement insists that his involvement in the case is simply a judicial and intellectual endeavor. �My job is to focus on the legal issues, and I think the legal issues here are fascinating. Its constitutional law in the finest sense,� he says. �I think thats part of what the Court tries to bring to these cases�to look at what the constitutional principle is and to tune out the politics of the day.� When I ask Clement if hes comfortable serving, in effect, as the lawyer for the tea party, he demurs: �Its not something I would identify with.�
At the age of 45, Clement, who has thinning brown hair and the faintest trace of a midwestern accent left over from his Wisconsin childhood, is already in the upper echelon of the Supreme Court bar. Its an elite group of lawyers who, much like the justices they routinely argue cases before, conceive of themselves as being Olympian in their detachment from politics.
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If Obama is defeated for reelection and a Supreme Court justice retires, Wisconsin native Paul Clement is certain to be a top prospect. Even his adversaries grudgingly concede his command of the Constitution and he has made a good impression on the current members of the Supreme Court, particularly Anthony Kennedy.
No bias in this article, no sir.
I agree, but the cynic in me says Clement is the equivalent of Babe Ruth knocking soft toss out of the park. To be clear, I’m not trying to diminish Clement’s talents; but I think many non-lawyers could dismantle some of the cases he’s been given.
Regardless, Clement would be an outstanding addition to SCOTUS, and considering the next admin could put 3 maybe 4 justices on the court, that’s a huge consideration for anyone wavering on Romney.
Right. That's precisely why I voted for that bum loser, McCain. That was the ONLY reason I voted for him (plus, I like Sarah).
Can we not mention McCain this close to the dinner hour?
What wasn’t said in the article is how awful the current solicitor general is. He has an uncanny ability to irritate justices, give poor arguments backed with worse logic, tell the court their business, reinterpret justice’s arguments in ways they did not intend, and erect straw men to attack.
That's the last thing the liberals want. The original constitution is irrelevant to them.
Clement's career is cresting just as the momentous legal crusades of a radicalized Republican Party are reaching the appellate level. His ability to strip the politics out of a contentious argument, the goodwill he engenders from Democrats, and his chumminess with the justices -- these are all qualities that would appear to be anachronistic in contemporary, hyperpartisan Washington.Partisan Media Shills ping.
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Anyone who feels disappointed by Obama's choices in Sotomayor and Kagan, will be similarly disappointed in Romney's if he elected.
Expect a string of Souters, Kennedys, O'Connors, and, yes, Paul Clement.
If Nicholas Katzenbach hadn't died, R-Money might nominate him, too.