One suggestion, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor… no, not making that up.
We thought E.J. Dionne was Catholic, but apparently we were mistaken. In his Washington Post column over the weekend prompted by Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, Dionne declared: “It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.”
Dionne acknowledged that “this hope of mine is the longest of long shots,” but if he were Catholic he would know that a female holy father isn’t just a long shot, it’s a contradiction in terms. Dionne wants a mome, not a pope.
But Chris Smith managed to outdo even Dionne in preposterousness. As National Review’s Andrew Johnson notes, Smith “toyed with the idea of Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor as the next pope.” Said Smith: “Here’s a trifecta: Latin, female, American. It would do a lot of good.” It’s as if back in 2009 someone had the idea that it would be a good idea to nominate a Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court and had floated the name of Jennifer Lopez.