In a surprising move today, President Obama nominated Oprah Winfrey as the Supreme Court Justice that will replace the retiring David Souter.
While speaking at a White House Press Conference, President Obama said, "Oprah understands where normal Americans are coming from. She has the wisdom of Solomon. I've watched her show many times, and have seen her give comfort to the oppressed, and counsel to those in need."
While many are sure to question the wisdom of putting someone on the bench that has no legal experience, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy is thrilled:
"I told him that I would like to see someone from outside of the judicial monestary and he listened to me. I'm a huge fan of Oprah and I can't wait to have the chance to meet her in person when she comes to the confirmation hearing."
He's not alone. Arlen Specter, a former GOP Senator who recently became a Democrat, had previously said that he'd like to see "someone who has done something more than wear a black robe for most of their lives."
When asked to comment on the appointment, he said that "he was very pleased. She's never worn a black robe, and probably never even read the constitution. It's exactly what I was hoping for."
Not everyone is excited by President Obama's choice. Senator Jon Kyle, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded that, "It's a ridiculous choice. Sure, I'm a fan of Oprah just like everyone else, but at a minimum a nominee should have gone to law school and passed the bar exam somewhere. To choose someone to serve in the Supreme Court that has never practiced law is ridiculous."
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma agreed, "You've gotta be kidding me. I think it's time that we had an intervention for President Obama and sent him in to get some counseling. This is unheard of."
Despite the opposition of Republicans, many political strategists expect that Oprah will be confirmed. She's immensely popular with voters and Democrats have a near filibuster proof majority, giving them the ability to appoint virtually anyone the President nominates.