- Hardcover: 285 pages
- Publisher: Twelve; First Edition edition (3 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446579823
- ISBN-13: 978-0446579827
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,196,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Supreme Courtship Hardcover – 3 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language."
Buckley is the author of eleven books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, and Florence of Arabia. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Russian and Korean.
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Enter Judge Perdita "Pepper" Cartwright, star of the top-rated reality TV show, Courtroom Six. While searching for a bowling show on television over a weekend at Camp David, President Vanderdamp chances upon Pepper's show and is immediately enchanted. Now in her mid-thirties, Pepper is uncommonly facile with the English language—and uncommonly attractive. The President is convinced the Senate won't dare reject her nomination, given her sky-high Q rating.
This is the set-up in Supreme Courtship, Christopher Buckley's satirical treatment of the U.S. Supreme Court. No reader will be surprised to learn that Pepper is, in fact, named to the Court. Then, of course, the real fun begins. The novel is amusing and even hilarious at times. On the whole, though, it's not one of Buckley's best.
Getting nominations to the US Supreme Court approved in the US when a Republican is President and the Democrats are in charge of the Senate has become politcal theater at it's worst since the nomination of Judge Robert Bork. Getting "borked" has become a verb in the English language and it is with that as background that Buckley sets out to take Washington to task once again.
The president in this novel has become so angered by the perfunctory manner in which two sterling nominees were turned down by the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by a Senator who himself wants to be appointed, that he names The Hon. Pepper Cartwright to the Supreme Court vacancy. Cartwright is the TV judge of a hit television show and wildly popular with the American public.
That, to me, sounded like a story line that couldn't miss as great satire but alas and alak, I found this book often hitting wide of the target. Not that there aren't some hilarious parts to the book, but they were widely spaced and often disconnected from the central story.
I really wanted to like this book. Buckley confided to Leslie Stahl in his interview that his late father, William F. Buckley, Jr. was not a fan of his satire. Until this book, I would have disagreed with that sentiment. I hope his next effort finds him returning to form.
A. J. Liebling, in his wonderful book, The Earl of Louisiana, says, "Even Huey [Earl's older and far more famous brother] didn't think of that." Blaze Starr was never as good-looking as Lolita Davidovich, who played opposite Paul Newman in Blaze, but most of the history was accurate. I remember--I grew up in New Orleans and was in a very political family, so I saw it all happening in what passed for real time back in the day.
President Vandercamp, bowling enthusiasm notwithstanding, inspires the opposite in his Congressional adversaries: they propose and, in Congress, pass a term limit amendment. Then it gets interesting....
In the book, an Eisenhower type President gets frustrated by the Senate Judiciary Committee for rejecting all of his highly qualified justices. One justice is rejected because of a movie review he wrote in the sixth grade in which he said that To Kill a Mockingbird was a "little boring." This causes the head of the Judiciary Committee to declare he could not in good conscious appoint a justice 'who may show up to his first day on the bench dressed not in a justices robe but in a Ku Klux Klan outfit."
This turns out to be the last straw for the President, who responds by nominating a TV judge - sort of a younger, hotter Judge Judy. The public loves the idea and no Senator could risk voting against her. Hilarity ensues.
A fun read and excellent parody.