[Ed. – The Left’s latest worst nightmare]
According to the latest reports, Donald Trump has settled on a shortlist of five potential Supreme Court Justice nominees, which includes two women.
The leading contender in the female division is Amy Coney Barrett. And as Ramesh Ponnuru has written, Trump should pick her.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Judge Barrett is a 46-year-old (she could be on the court for decades!) telegenic woman (good optics) who is the mother of seven children—one of whom she adopted (family values).
Before becoming a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals and a law professor, she earned a law degree from the Notre Dame Law School (highly qualified) and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (is there a better choice for a conservative?).
For conservatives, this would be exhilarating, but Barrett’s obvious appeal is a double-edged sword. The very things that make her such a compelling pick (her judicial philosophy and qualifications, as well as the chance to dare Democrats to try to take down a highly-qualified female nominee) also make her a threat to a Democratic party that is increasingly wedded to identity politics.