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Little Rock provides an outspoken, blogging conservative for the federal bench

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 12:52 PM

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John Bush, a Louisville lawyer, has been nominated by Donald Trump to a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and therein hangs a tale or two relevant to Arkansas.

For one thing, he's a former Arkie — a graduate of high school in Little Rock who, after Vanderbilt and Harvard Law, clerked for 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge J. Smith Henley before moving on to practice in Washington and then Louisville.

So there's that Arkansas angle. My other one is more stylistic.

Bush is a member of the radically conservative Federalist Society, now the go-to incubator for right-wing judges. And he's an outspoken sort, reminiscent in his way of the judge conservative Republicans love to hate, Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Think Progress notes that Bush speaks often and sharply on a blog "Elephants in the Bluegrass." Topics:

* Why slavery is like abortion.

* And then there's an item that might be viewed as looking kindly at someone who talked of shooting an Obama supporter.

These items were posted under the name "G. Morris." But Think Progress notes the questionnaire Bush completed for the Senate Judicial Committee disclosed his blogging activities under the pseudonym "G. Morris." He's been free with his opinions there, as free as Wendell Griffen, if on the other side of the philosophical aisle.

For example:

Despite Bush’s efforts to appropriate Dr. King into one of Bush’s pet causes, [abortion] the Trump nominee has also appeared fairly dismissive of idea that a woman or minority could reach the White House without some unfair advantage. Reflecting on the 2016 Republican National Convention, Bush wrote that “the Democrats are trying to win with the same game plan as in 2008, only substitute woman for Black.”
There's more.

Similarly, after the State Department announced that it would change passport application forms to refer to an applicants’ parents in a gender-neutral way — an acknowledgement of the fact that same-sex couples exist and some of them have children — Bush was outraged.

Complaining that the new forms ask the applicant to name their “Mother or Parent 1” and “Father or Parent 2,” Bush complained that “it’s just like the government to decide it needs to decide something like which parent is number one or number two. When that happens, both parents are subservient to the nanny state — more precisely, a nanny Secretary of State.”
His wife, Bridget Bush, also a lawyer, is co-founder of Elephants in the Bluegrass and an occasional local newspaper columnist.  Sample column, after the women's march: "Why March? U.S. women have it good." She figured in reporting on the dark money group that helped save Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat. Citizens United, anyone?

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