Forget VP, Mac: Put Palin on the High Court

She could enact her social platform more easily from bench
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2008 5:29 PM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gives a thumbs up to service members in the crowd during a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – John McCain is wasting Sarah Palin’s talents, Dahlia Lithwick writes in Slate.
After all, Palin is too much the outsider to navigate Washington's political backroads as vice president. So why not put her on the Supreme Court? Palin’s main issues are social, and she would have more success curbing the rights of women, gays, and atheists from the bench.

What matters on the high court "is one's unyielding moral certainty; one's gender, and being 'relatable,'" writes Lithwick. "And Palin has these qualities in spades." True, Palin has never been on a court, but she has packed one in Alaska to try to push through an anti-abortion bill. And would end the high court's "old-boy problem," Lithwick writes: "If ever there were a D.C. institution in dire need of a place to plug in a breast pump, it's the Supreme Court."