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October 14, 2005
A Suggestion For Governor Pawlenty For MN Supreme Court

I listened to the Hugh Hewitt show last night when Hugh interviewed Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty about the opening for Chief Justice of our state Supreme Court. It turned into a reverse interview, of sorts, when Hugh threw his hat into the ring for the position. Of course, with Hugh's track record in constitutional law, numerous publications on the judiciary, and his status as an eminent professor, he would normally be an excellent candidate for the position -- but as the transcript shows, Governor Pawlenty wisely chose to treat his application a bit on the light-hearted side.

I would like to ask the Governor to consider another candidate more seriously. Among our brethren, we have a candidate who has a broad public presence, a long history of courageous writing on judicial philosophy, and the humility and outlook necessary for this position. I refer to my friend and blogosphere associate Scott Johnson at Power Line. Scott has a long track record as a Minnesota attorney and as a businessman in the community. His character is impeccable and his intellect is incomparable. No one would consider Scott a stealth candidate; his wealth of writings make his viewpoint quite clear, and he has the strength of character not to allow the position to change him for the worse once sworn into office.

I expect Scott to immediately eschew this possibility, but if Governor Pawlenty wants to select a person of integrity, intellect, and truly originalist philosophy, he need look no further. I urge Minnesota CQ readers to contact Governor Pawlenty to ask him to consider Scott Johnson for this position.

John Hinderaker would make a pretty darned good selection as well, Governor, for all the same reasons.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 14, 2005 7:12 AM

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