Now that John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court, all the chatter will be about his likely successor. And the usual suspects are being rounded up.
But here’s an unusual suspect whom I think would be excellent on all counts: Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Booker is an extemely effective mayor: for the first time in decades, Newark went an entire month without a homicide, due in large part to Booker’s innovative law enforcement and community organizing strategies. He is extremely intelligent: a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale Law School. He has important experience, both practical and legal: he served as a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City and no one has done more in such a short time to reduce violence in America’s urban centers. His work has achieved praise even from conservatives.
Will Republicans filibuster one of the most innovative and talented African-American public servants in the country? Go ahead; make my day. Stir up the Democratic base.
Oh, and did I mention that in a couple of weeks, Booker turns 41 years old?