According to a Fox Poll taken a week or so ago, 23% of Democrats questioned believe that Oprah Winfrey would make a good Supreme Court Justice. (The poll is linked as a PDF from an article linked on Examiner.com.)
OK, let's start with two caveats here.
1. The Constitution doesn't list any specific training or experience necessary to be named to the court. You don't have to be a lawyer or a judge or any particular kind of scholar. Frankly, I can imagine people who would be imminently qualified for the court without any of those prerequisites.
2. I don't have the personal knee-jerk, visceral reaction that Oprah seems to inspire in a lot of people, either positive or negative...but c'mon...Oprah?
Like I said, I really don't have any particular ax to grind with Oprah, and there are some things about her that I find highly admirable, but all of those those positive reactions to her end with the thought, "for a talk show host". She's Oprah Winfrey for Pete's sake.
Her recent love-fest with Jenny McCarthy doesn't really speak well for her. She seems to have bought into a few "non-fiction" books in recent memory that turned out to be mostly fiction. Everyone is aware of the phenomenon that takes place when Oprah "anoints" something or someone. And I suppose that's really not the end of the world when it comes to being a talk show host. So what if she endorses cosmetic procedures left and right, declaring "That's amazing!" So what if every woman in America decides she needs a pashmina shawl because Oprah declares it one of her favorite things. So what if we get stuck with Dr. Phil just because he helped analyze her jury? (Oh wait...that one really does suck.)
Anyway, even if the poll does come to us from Fox, that paragon of fairness, do I really believe they just made that one up to make Democrats look like idiots? No. I have to conclude that my fellow Democrats include our own lunatic fringe who could do us all a favor by limiting their interaction with the rest of us to voting how we tell them to.
I mean really....Oprah? I don't think it's any particular slur on her to say that she might not be considered the most deliberative person available. In her defense, I guess it would be awfully entertaining to read her majority opinion if she ever got to write one. Yeah, that'd be some scholarly work there.
Anyway, we appear to have dodged that particular bullet. And this also gave me the opportunity to lob a soft one to my hordes of non-Democrat readers. You're welcome.
We'll be back soon with your usually scheduled curmudgeon.