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Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

Supreme Courtship (2008)

by Christopher Buckley

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Funny, witty, political satire. Grinned from page one to the end. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
Another expert skewering of Washington politics by Buckley. My only criticism is that Buckley seems kind of lazy on character development in that several individuals are recognizable--verbal mannerisms and all--from his earlier novels.

I always appreciate Buckley's manner of perpetrating some of the very offenses he attacks. The best example in Courtship is all of the footnotes to clarify court cases, latin phrases, and pop culture references.

Good stuff if you like political satire. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
Loved it. Hilariuos, as always. ( )
  danojacks | Jan 5, 2017 |
Christopher Buckley is one of my current favorite authors. He's hysterical and this book definitely lived up to expectations. A great read, although I might wait for it to come out in paperback. ( )
  kateminasian | Nov 22, 2014 |
Laughed and laughed beginning to middle. Last quarter was not as entertaining. But, I love Christopher Buckley's writing and humor. Fast read, entertaining and of course makes the most of our country's growing obsession with all things reality TV. ( )
  ilovemycat1 | Oct 27, 2013 |
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Supreme Court Associate Justice J. Mortimer Brinnin's deteriorating mental condition had been the subject of talk for some months now, but when he showed up for oral argument with his ears wrapped in aluminum foil, the consensus was that the time had finally come for him to retire.
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In bestselling author Christopher Buckley's hilarious novel, the President of the United States, ticked off at the Senate for rejecting his nominees, decides to get even by nominating America's most popular TV judge to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees onto the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill a Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the nerve to reject her--Judge Pepper Cartwright, star of the nation's most popular reality show. Will Pepper, a vivacious Texan, survive a Senate confirmation battle? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? Soon, Pepper finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis, a presidential reelection campaign that the president is determined to lose, and oral arguments of a romantic nature. Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.

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Somewhere in this brilliant, hilarious, impossible-to-put-down--to say nothing of moderately priced--new book of mine, the narrator notes that appointing a Supreme Court justice is pretty much the most consequential thing a president can do, short of declaring nuclear war; more to the point, that this fact is generally pointed out every four years by whoever is running second in the presidential election.

The Supreme Court is by any definition the most important branch of government. Who else has the power to say--without fear of being contradicted by someone higher up the food chain--"Congratulations, you just won the presidential election, even though the other guy got more votes!" Or, "We really feel awful about this, but you have to be lethally injected tonight at midnight."? If you're on the Supreme Court, you are the top of the food chain.

I've written satires about other Washington institutions. It never occurred to me to try one about the Supreme Court, for the reason that I never found it particularly funny. It was my editor, Jonathan Karp, who suggested it, and if the book turns out to be a stinkeroo and bombs, I am going to petition the Court to have him lethally injected.

At some point, while scratching my noggin and trying to come up with some way into a satire about the Marble Palace, I scribbled on a legal pad (how appropriate is that?): Judge Judy on the Court.

I called Karp and ran it past him. He laughed, which I always take as a good sign, since he doesn't laugh at 99 out of 100 of my genius ideas.

My Judge Judy is a sexy Texan named Pepper Cartwright. She was an actual judge before she became a TV hottie. How, you ask, did she get on the Court in the first place? Well, it all starts on page one where--did I mention how moderately priced the book is?

--Christopher Buckley

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When a television judge ends up on the Supreme Court, romance and the fate of a presidential election take center stage in this comic political satire.

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