Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Matt Blunt Makes a Great Choice

I'm surprised and pleased by Matt Blunt today. He appointed Alok Ahuja to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District to fill the spot created when he put Judge Patricia Breckenridge on the Missouri Supreme Court. I have known Alok for years, and he is widely recognized as one of the smartest and most thoughtful attorneys in town. He embodies what an appellate judge ought to be - incredibly smart, rigorously analytical, and intellectually creative.

While I am sure that Governor Blunt was influenced by the Republican connections of the Lathrop & Gage law firm, including "Mr. Kansas City" Jack Craft and a young woman by the name of Amy Blunt, I take my hat off to Governor Blunt for stepping outside the bitter partisanship that has lately surrounded judicial appointments, and appointing the best person for the job, even though that person happens to be a (very moderate) Democrat.

Wow.

I am sincerely impressed with Governor Blunt tonight.

And pleased for Alok, and the state of our Judiciary.

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5 Comments:

Blogger les said...

Huh. I wonder who's holding the pictures. To bad he's playing mini-bush on the Midwest energy agreement.

12/20/2007 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had to get the appointment past Jolie Justus. Senators can put a stop on gubernatorial appointments that impact their district if they are offensive, so do not wax too sappy about the little scumbag governor. When we do not elect go-along-to-get-along Democrats things improve.

12/21/2007 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not true in the slightest, anonymous. There is no Senatorial hold process, and the decision impacts many districts. You, my friend, are a freaking idiot.

As much as I disagree with Governor Blunt on almost everything, in this instance he did the right thing. What's more, he did the right thing when he had an easy path toward doing the partisan thing.

12/21/2007 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with everything Anon 10:55 says -- especially the part about Anon 10:23 being a freaking idiot.

12/21/2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I wish all of you an anonymous, politically incorrect Christmas.

May God bless you during the coming year!

12/21/2007 3:39 PM  

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