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President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to 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 guts to reject her — Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation's most popular reality show, Courtroom Six.

Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman.

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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Supreme Courtship is Christopher Buckley's finest novel yet. His latest political romp takes on gay marriage, presidential debates, Supreme Court justice vetting, and much more. Always timely, always funny, you cannot go wrong with Buckley.
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"From the indefatigable Buckley comes a flabby satire about a television judge who ends up on the Supreme Court. Unpopular president Donald P. Vanderdamp nominates Pepper Cartwright after Sen. Dexter 'Hang 'em High' Mitchell torpedoes his first two contenders. Once Pepper is confirmed and leaves her show, her producer (and soon-to-be ex-husband), Buddy Bixby, persuades Mitchell to leave the Senate and try his hand at acting as the star of the political drama POTUS. Vanderdamp, meanwhile, mounts a re-election bid to protest Congress's approval of an absurd term limits amendment. He faces off against Mitchell, who ditches his role as television president to run for real president, and before you can say 'Whizzer White,' it is left up to newbie Pepper and the rest of the Supremes to decide the fate of the election. Unfortunately for the reader, Pepper's story gets lost between the jokes and the overstuffed plot (including a romance with the Chief Justice, the investigation of a leak inside the Supreme Court and a nuclear threat from China), and the satire is oddly detached from the zeitgeist. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The premise of Christopher Buckley's new political comedy, "Supreme Courtship," isn't all that far-fetched. In fact, after Fred Thompson's bid to bring law and order to the White House, this novel could more accurately be called near-fetched — disarmingly, hilariously so.

President Donald Vanderdamp, the most loathed POTUS in history, is outraged to have two Supreme Court nominations... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Buckley delivers a clever, merry, escapist little parody. OK, sedatives are useful, but let's hope he has his claws out next time around." Booklist

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"While Supreme Courtship doesn't quite reach the inspired lunacy of Boomsday or Thank You for Smoking, it's still mighty nifty....Just take my word for it, and the word is: delicious." Seattle Times

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"You can almost hear the mute trumpet wah-wah in the background....Buckley has fun with the court's fractious politics and even more fun riffing on the strange creatures and customs of its marble halls." Blake Wilson, The New York Times Book Review

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"Buckley is a master at setting up ridiculous situations featuring unsavory characters, and he does not disappoint here....Happily, Buckley features these supporting characters and their snappy dialog heavily. Recommended." Library Journal

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"Why does Buckley think it's enough to give his characters funny names (Blyster Forkmorgan, Esquire, et al.) rather than develop them? Even Buckley fans might suspect that he's begun to crank them out a little too quickly." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In bestselling author 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.

About the Author

Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Buckley is the author of eleven books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, and Florence of Arabia. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Russian and Korean.

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Beverly B, June 6, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Buckley's hilarious satire on the narcissism and grandstanding of Congressional confirmation hearings is even more true today than it was a few years ago when Supreme Courtship was published. Politicians, TV executives, political strategists and voters are all taken to task. After having two near perfect Supreme Court appointees denied confirmation by a vengeful senator, President Vanderdamp nominates one of the most popular and admired celebrities in the country, a TV reality court judge. President Vanderdamp knows every committee member hoping to be re-elected will want to win favor with voters by supporting the TV judge. Her impact on the court, Congress and the presidential election make for an entertaining quick read.
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gaby317, December 9, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
Fast paced and witty, Supreme Courtship lampoons the politicized Supreme Court confirmation process and grandstanding Senators. Not surprisingly, the most sympathetic characters in this political novel the less ambitious ones: Pepper Cartwright, President Vanderdamp, and presidential advisor Graydon Clenndennynn. Full of absurd situations, Supreme Courtship is an unexpectedly fun and accessible read.

Publisher: Twelve; 1 edition (September 7, 2009), 304 pages.
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Madam Pince, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
Combine a combative Congressman, a pissed-off president and a TV jurist for a constitutional crisis of ... well, supreme ... proportions. Add a (fictional) dash of the real Court, and you've got another knockout Buckley winner. Thoroughly funny and, in this era of TV judges and a divided Supreme Court, scarily prescient.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446579827
Author:
Buckley, Christopher
Publisher:
Twelve
Author:
Heche, Anne
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
Television personalities
Subject:
General
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General Fiction
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Publication Date:
20090907
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.58 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the indefatigable Buckley comes a flabby satire about a television judge who ends up on the Supreme Court. Unpopular president Donald P. Vanderdamp nominates Pepper Cartwright after Sen. Dexter 'Hang 'em High' Mitchell torpedoes his first two contenders. Once Pepper is confirmed and leaves her show, her producer (and soon-to-be ex-husband), Buddy Bixby, persuades Mitchell to leave the Senate and try his hand at acting as the star of the political drama POTUS. Vanderdamp, meanwhile, mounts a re-election bid to protest Congress's approval of an absurd term limits amendment. He faces off against Mitchell, who ditches his role as television president to run for real president, and before you can say 'Whizzer White,' it is left up to newbie Pepper and the rest of the Supremes to decide the fate of the election. Unfortunately for the reader, Pepper's story gets lost between the jokes and the overstuffed plot (including a romance with the Chief Justice, the investigation of a leak inside the Supreme Court and a nuclear threat from China), and the satire is oddly detached from the zeitgeist. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Buckley delivers a clever, merry, escapist little parody. OK, sedatives are useful, but let's hope he has his claws out next time around."
"Review" by , "While Supreme Courtship doesn't quite reach the inspired lunacy of Boomsday or Thank You for Smoking, it's still mighty nifty....Just take my word for it, and the word is: delicious."
"Review" by , "You can almost hear the mute trumpet wah-wah in the background....Buckley has fun with the court's fractious politics and even more fun riffing on the strange creatures and customs of its marble halls."
"Review" by , "Buckley is a master at setting up ridiculous situations featuring unsavory characters, and he does not disappoint here....Happily, Buckley features these supporting characters and their snappy dialog heavily. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Why does Buckley think it's enough to give his characters funny names (Blyster Forkmorgan, Esquire, et al.) rather than develop them? Even Buckley fans might suspect that he's begun to crank them out a little too quickly."
"Synopsis" by , In bestselling author 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.
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