I read lots of posts about the USSC nominee Harriet Miers that go on about whether she is another Souter or not. That sets me wondering — what does Justice Souter think about that kind of commentary? To have your name come up in the discussion of new nominees as the defining instance of a mistake? Does it make him weep with frustration or laugh with the expression “too bad, suckers!” on his lips?
UPDATE: White House Press Conference
Q Thank you, Mr. President. You said several times now, sir, that you don’t want a justice who will be different 20 years from now than she is today. Given that standard, I wonder in hindsight whether you think the appointment of Justice David Souter, then, was a mistake? And even —
THE PRESIDENT: You’re trying to get me in trouble with my father, Baker. (Laughter.)
Q Well, I’m trying to understand what informed your choice this time?
THE PRESIDENT: Call him. (Laughter.)