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Will you be able to stop laughing – Empty Wig Dole for Supreme Court

Whoever Hearst Newspapers columnist Stewart Powell is, whatever credibility he had is shot. Anyone that thinks we need surgically preserved Elizabeth Dole (a.k.a. “Empty Wig”,”Sugar Lips” or “The Joker”) on the high court must be quite a few pancakes short of a stack. (N&O;):

If you are looking for a dark-horse candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court, you might consider U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. There has been a small buzz surrounding Dole after the announcement last week that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor would be retiring.

The buzz is apparently not based on anything more substantial than speculation prompted by Hearst Newspapers columnist Stewart Powell. But the thinking is that Dole might be confirmable by the Senate because she is a senator with a long resume and a conservative Bush loyalist who is not regarded as an ideologue.

The downside is that Bush may be looking for someone relatively young who would serve on the high court for decades. Dole will turn 69 later this month. Another negative for Bush is that the appointment of Dole would mean that Gov. Mike Easley would get to name a Democrat to the U.S. Senate seat until an election could be held in 2006.

There would be no small irony if Dole were to fill the O’Connor seat. Dole, then a 44-year-old assistant to the president, was on President Reagan’s short list for a Supreme Court vacancy in 1981. Instead, Reagan made O’Connor the first woman justice. Dole, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced law for several years before entering public service.

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