So, he’s the perfect nominee, then?

Lawrence VanDyke has been nominated for a position on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The American Bar Association has sent in their customary evaluation and it finds him ‘Not Qualified’. Their letter explains why saying, among other things, the following:

Mr. VanDyke’s accomplishments are offset by the assessments of interviewees that Mr. VanDyke is arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice including procedural rules. There was a theme that the nominee lacks humility, has an “entitlement” temperament, does not have an open mind, and does not always have a commitment to being candid and truthful.

Some interviewees raised concerns about whether Mr. VanDyke would be fair to persons who are gay, lesbian, or otherwise part of the LGBTQ community. Mr. VanDyke would not say affirmatively that he would be fair to any litigant before him, notably members of the LGBTQ community.

Of course, the Republican majority in the senate will confirm him. In their eyes, this will read like a glowing recommendation.

When questioned during the hearings about whether he would be fair to the LGBT community, he cried.


  1. consciousness razor says

    Yep, a perfect nominee, just like Trump’s perfect call. All of the best people tell him he’s the best.

  2. Jean says

    I’m wondering if the crying is a sort of epiphany moment where he realizes what the criticisms from the ABA (and many more I’m sure he’s received in the past) actually mean or if he’s simply crying because he thinks he’s the victim and nobody understands him. It’s probably the latter (or something along the same lines) which is unfortunate for him, everyone around him and everyone who’s going to appear in front of him when he does get the confirmation.

  3. johnson catman says

    The crying is for show and to gain sympathy. It worked for the last SCOTUS justice, right?

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