Heard on the Hill

Mitt Romney: Dumb People Need Not Apply for Supreme Court

In his latest campaign promise, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney vows to nominate only smart people who believe in the United States Constitution to the Supreme Court.

In an interview Wednesday with CBS News, Romney was asked if he would still nominate Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts with the knowledge that Roberts would uphold the Affordable Care Act. Republicans across the land say the previously beloved chief justice was wrong, wrong, wrong in ruling that the legislation was constitutional.

Before we get to his answer, HOH thought it would be helpful to consult Romney's campaign website. Lo and behold, his campaign website promises to "only nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito."

On CBS, though, Romney said that he disagrees with the chief  justice's opinion. Or at least that's our reading of a kind of convoluted statement.

“Well, I certainly wouldn’t nominate someone who I knew was gonna come out with a decision I violently disagreed with — or vehemently, rather, disagreed with,” Romney told CBS.

Nonetheless, Romney said Roberts was "a very bright person. And I — I'd look for — individuals that have intelligence and believe in following the Constitution."

Got it. If you're dumb and don't follow the Constitution, Romney will not ask you to serve on the Supreme Court.

Thank you for clearing that up.

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