I read with great interest the commentary on Supreme Court nominations written by Professor Jonathan Turley that appeared in the Baltimore Sunday Sun on May 16 ("A supremely limited pool of high court candidates"). What struck me most about this essay were the professor's great erudition and naiveté.
Professor Turley has outlined the vision of a utopian Washington wherein credentials and merit are the sure paths to a nomination to the Supreme Court. It's a beautiful fantasy, an idyll for academicians who live and work in a different reality.
In our more politically rigorous times, Washington is a dystopian world of distorted morals, ethics and laws. In this Orwellian society, merit and credentials are twisted into weapons with which to attack any candidate for the court who appears not to be able to pass the minority political party's scrutiny.