Soon after President Obama announced that he had nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell (KY) and Jim DeMint (SC) attacked his choice because Kagan has never served as a judge...Yet back in 2005, both DeMint and McConnell praised Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court before she withdrew. Like Kagan, Miers had no previous judicial experience, yet both GOP senators expressed admiration for Miers, specifically citing her “experience”.
This isn't surprising in the least. At times, though, I'm curious as to whether or not people like McConnell and DeMint have aides that should be doing some research prior to them making such declarative statements. If not, they probably should have.
Nearly 40% off the 111 members of the Supreme Court to serve had no prior judicial experience before being nominated. The most famous, in my mind at least, would have to be William Rehnquist, who was nominated by a Republican - Richard Nixon.