In the midst of the GOP debate hullabaloo Saturday night, Donald Trump dropped the name of Wisconsinâ€™s own Diane Sykes for the Supreme Court of the United States.
This was a smart move for Trump â€“ although I have no idea what to make of the rest of the GOP debate Saturday night. Literally, I am speechless. My 10-year-old daughter caught a bit of Trump hectoring Ted Cruz and said, "Trump sucks. Heâ€™s rude." My 10-year-old! Trump trashed George W. Bush and claimed Jeb Bush had talked about mooning someone. Yet some of the cable pundits were saying Trump won it and was dominant. Who knows?
The Sykesâ€™ mention, though, was shrewd.
The tragic and shocking death of conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia threatened to disrupt the Trump-mentum, much as the Paris attacks turned people away from Ben Carson. Universally, people started to wonder:Â Who would a President Trump appoint to the SCOTUS?Â Be honest. Who knows?
At least until Saturday night.
Trump was just as capable of appointing Kanye West as a brilliant conservative jurist like ... Diane Sykes. Sykes is more than acceptable to conservatives. Sheâ€™s unassailable on the right, really.Â
So it was smart of Trump to offer up a specific name to negate such murmuring. It seems unlikely President Obama could get a nominee through the Republican-controlled Senate in nine months.Â
Trump name dropped another federal judgeâ€™s name, too, Bill Pryor. But he dropped Sykesâ€™ name again in post-debate comments to CNN. Before 9 p.m., he also posted on Facebook about Sykes and Pryor.Â
Before her name ends up everywhere tomorrow, here are ten basic things to know about Diane Sykes, who is well-known in Wisconsin:
- She is a federal judge, serving on the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.