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Supreme Courtship

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,131 ratings  ·  544 reviews
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 po ...more
ebook, 285 pages
Published September 3rd 2008 by Twelve (first published January 1st 2008)
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Brooke
Buckley is back, this time taking on the Supreme Court. The set-up revolves around a TV court judge who gets nominated to the Supreme Court after the President gets pissed about his two previous nominees being turned down (one for a report on To Kill A Mockingbird from his elementary school days).

I enjoyed Supreme Courtship more than Buckley's last two novels, possibly because I'm just a little obsessed with the Supreme Court. It moved quickly as absurd situation after absurd situation piled on
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Jeffrey
Christopher Buckley returns just in time for the new session, with a charming satire on the Supreme Court and the politics of confirming a Justice. Buckley is the current champ of political satire that is truly comedic. His tale of lobbyists , Thank You for Smoking was pure genius, and Supreme Courtship is a great addition to his body of work. The best part is that many of the far reaching parts of the book do not seem that far-fetched in the current political season.

Supreme Courtship starts w
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Oddmonster
What a strange book, but somehow entirely in keeping with Buckley's oevre: the first half of the book? Brilliant. Scathing and funny, unique and fun. The second half? Disjointed heap of fail. A collapse of Greg Norman-like proportions.

The idea driving the concept of the book is sound: what if a President, annoyed with the whole Supreme Court nomination process, nominated someone who wasn't supposed to win? Who would that person be and what would happen if they, quite obviously, won? This is a g
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Drgibson63
Aug 14, 2008 Drgibson63 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Drgibson63 by: I received a review copy
Supreme Courtship is Christopher Buckley at his witty, laugh-out-loud best. The hilarious tale involves a president, frustrated that his two previous Supreme Court nominees were rejected by a petty senator for venal reasons, nominates the popular TV judge star of a Judge Judy-type show.

The characters' personalities are vivid, and readers will have fum deciphering which real DC or pop culture characters are being spoofed. Buckley has a spare, short-chapter, heavy dialogue pacing style that keeps
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Jennifer
Another very entertaining skewering of contemporary politics from Buckley, this one tackles the Supreme Court. The president, stung by the rejection of two eminently qualified jurists nominates a "judge judy" type character, the Texan Pepper Cartwright. She turns out to be unexpectedly popular...and near bullet proof in the confirmation hearings.

A modest sampling of this silliness:
"Hanratty of Massachusetts had tried to nail Pepper for her atheism, to which Pepper had calmly replied, 'Well, Sen
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Steven Harbin
Nov 16, 2008 Steven Harbin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humor, parody, political satire
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this book, author Christopher Buckley has his father's sense of humor and style, while writing in his own voice. While the premise is a little farfetched, it's not "that" far fetched, which lends believability to the humor and parody of the story. If you like subtle humor (ala P. G. Wodehouse) then I think you'll like this story of a television judge who gets elevated to the Supreme Court. I think anyone who's read some recent histories of the Supreme Court, such as "The Brethre ...more
Emily
Maybe it was a mistake to read this immediately after rereading How I Became a Famous Novelist, which is a very, very funny book. I liked the plot of Buckley's satire of the Washington scene, but Buckley tries hard for witty dialogue and observations and I found these so broad that they fell flat. A few moments, like his prison rape joke, edged towards cringeworthy. His characterizations were equally broad and at times I lost sight of the fact that it was intentional and was instead reminded of ...more
Patrick
Before I start talking about the book I have to admit my own ignorance. When I got this book from the library I didn't notice the author's name. As I got into the book I thought the political talk was extremely heavy handed. That is when I noticed the author's name and it made me think "Huh, wonder if it is any relation to that other Buckley?" Of course it is. And, well, it did not make the heavy handidness more enjoyable, but at least it explained it.

Every single character was an over the top c
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Mike
Supreme... pulp? This book is purely for fun only; despite being a story about supreme court justices, presidents and TV executives. It could easily be a serious drama with all those characters, but this is far from serious.

Most of the book is easy to read, and fun to follow the plot lines. The twists and turns are fairly predictable and never too sharp or outrageous. There are some nice little bits though. My favorite was the supreme court justice who was black, and as a lawyer agreed to defend
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Lisa
Buying a book on the bargain rack is always a gamble. Regardless of the book’s merit, it is obviously on the rack because it did not sell. Perhaps the publisher overestimated the commercial appeal of the book. Or maybe the book came out at a busy time and was lost in the fray. Then, of course, the book could have received bad reviews and/or word of mouth. Still, at only $4-$6 a pop, the books are usually worth the risk.

I found Christopher Buckley’s Supreme Courtship on the bargain rack. I was q
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Loyd Mcintosh
I'd probably give this book more like 2 3/4 stars if I could. The premise, as well as the first half of Supreme Courtship are absolutely hilarious then it did that thing so many great comedies do: it got serious on us. The idea of a television judge from a daytime courtroom show being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court is one of the funniest ideas I've heard in a long time and Buckley pulls of this goofiness for the first half of the novel.

My guess is some editor convinced him, however, that t
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David
Mr. Buckley is riotusly funny. No matter how wild his senarios are they are far too close to what could be reality in this sound bite and ratings world we inhabit. This is especially true in that land of disfunction known as the nation's capital.

Having said that I'd give this book 5 stars except that it seems to suffer from the same decease that many other books and writers suffer from. That is kind of breaking the story off suddenly t get to the ending which isn't as satisfying as it could be.
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Josie
Although not as strong as some of his other novels, Buckley is in fine form. This time his novel, 'Supreme Courtship', pokes fun at the United States' most venerable institution, the Supreme Court, and as usual, Buckley is spot on in capturing the absurdity, while sounding totally plausible, of politics in the Beltway, and the media that covers it. 'Supreme Courtship' kept me giggling all the way through, and was the perfect summer book--light (literally, too, at only 285 pages) and entertaining ...more
Jonathan Lu
Hilarious. I expect no less from Christopher Buckley. A satire in the PT Barnum school of thought - the more extreme the caricature the more comical. A twist on modern times with a (probably) ohio republican president (who evokes the personal charisma of Bush43) vs. a john Kerry/Joe Biden hybrid senator that feeds on the Palinification of an uneducated reality TV-obsessed populace in appointing a hot judge Judy-esque character to the Supreme Court. From the first 2 appointees being rejected for ...more
David
Christopher Buckley is quickly becoming a preferred author of mine. His books are witty, insightful, and downright scary. Supreme Courtship is no exception. The jacket description tells little about the eventual story, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The language is sublime as always. Buckley uses plain language to offset his humorous use of French and Spanish, and in this case Latin, due to the subject matter. The dialogue is sharp and witty, managing to feel both natural and spontaneou
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Andrea
Sep 01, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: politcal humor junkies
Shelves: politics
This is the first book I've read in ages that actually made me laugh out loud - when I wasn't busy heaving sighs of painful recognition. The book started out with a bang and managed to sustain that level right to the very end, a rare happening these days. The only bad thing about it is that the scenario could actually happen, a truly scary prospect. But other than that, this was a wonderfully entertaining, fun book.
Julia
In law school, I dreamed about being a judge. It was not to be, but this book was a humourous fulfillment of my daydream. All the judicial and political inside jokes and the clever use of Latin and footnotes winked at the way Washingtonians take themselves WAY too seriously. I love to laugh out loud when I read a book, and the clever writing in this book definitely had me guffawing.
Caroline
If I could give this 3 1/2 stars, I would - it is just shy of four stars. Plenty of laugh out loud moments - a clever, funny, insightful look at America's political muck. It slows a bit at the end, as if the author wasn't sure how to bring everything together. But it is still worth the read. Many hilarious moments - a MUST read for any political junkie.
Greg Allan Holcomb
Picked this up because my sister likes this author.

The first 100 pages were great. The next 100 dragged ass on the ground over broken glass. The last 100 pages were great.

It's the story of a TV judge nominated for the US Supreme Court. Great concept but all the jokes were in the annotations.
Sherbert
I hated this book. HATED. It's the only C. Buckley I have ever read, but his blunt and sophomoric approach to satire will keep me from ever reading anything else. I laughed approximately never. His dialogue is also terrible...dude has no ear for speech and no ability to develop a character's voice.
Ben
Buckley writes comfortable, wacky but inoffensive political satires featuring an audacious premise that threatens to erupt our political system like a volcano, but eventually congeals into mild, day-old chili. In "Boomsday", the premise was to bail out social security and medicare by incentivizing old people to kill themselves. But that crazy law was eventually struck down, and we all slowly settled back into the status quo. Here, the premise is that people are so fed up with the polarizing, pol ...more
Corielle
This book was fucking hilarious.

I read Thank You For Smoking a couple years ago, which is probably Buckley's best known book. It was pretty funny. I happened to see Supreme Courtship at Half Price Books a few weeks ago, along with a shelf full of his other novels that I didn't know existed. I grabbed Supreme Courtship on a whim, and now I plan to go buy the rest of that shelf.
President Vanderdamp's ratings are abysmal, because he's doing something unheard for a first-term president: rather than
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Kathy Gilbert
Buckley (son of William F.) has in interesting premise: Since no one seems qualified, in reality, for appointment to the Supreme Court, why not choose one of the most popular judges around--on television. He shows over and over that the American people find it difficult to discern what is real and that pop culture drives even the most powerful governing body in the country. Buckley obviously knows both politics and politicians. And Latin. The book gets bogged down in the technical at times, but ...more
Susan Emmet
Given the fact that this satirical novel is set inbetween First Clinton and Second Bush, and given the ongoing hue and cry of corruption and ridiculousness in gov'mint, on several levels, the satire works.
I found the dialog crispy, the characters pretty memorable and funny, the backdrop horrifying and yet believable - all a good combination.
I agree with other reviewers that Buckley starts strong, loses momentum and then regains it a bit in the end.
The elevation of a TV judge to the Supreme Court
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Joe
If political shenanigans have got you down and you could use a little levity - then Supreme Courtship is just what the doctor ordered. Fictional President Vanderdamp, frustrated after watching two of his nominees to the Supreme Court shot down in flames, nominates a popular TV judge to the High Court and thus the games begin. There’s political buffoonery, illicit affairs, huge egos, reality TV, some Latin and even a little history all captured through the prism of the author’s wit. This may not ...more
Kemper
A lot of fun to read. Lots of great humor at the expense of the government and the kind of people who willingly work there.
Brenda
I haven't read Buckley in a while. After reading this, I may have to revisit some and look for other titles I haven't read. His political satire skewers some pretty realistic -- and frustrating -- situations. Published in 2008, the book foretells some later events. Buckley might be a seer as well as a fantastic writer. Plan to have a dictionary handy, because his vocabulary outstrips most people's, I believe.

You know it's a funny book when even the footnotes are funny: In describing stare decisi
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Nick
Maybe it was my aversion to the family last name, but I'd never read anything by the Christopher of the tribe, despite being aware that he wrote the novel upon which was based the delicious Washington satirical film, 'Thank you for Smoking,' Jason Reitman's debut. On a lark I picked up three audio versions of Buckley's novels, and have thoroughly enjoyed them -- perfect auto audio -- with laugh-out-loud one-liners and diabolical skewerings of all manner of pompous and preposterous character type ...more
Prateek Jain
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Jasmyn
Pepper Cartwright is a popular television show judge that has just been nominated for the Supreme Court by a President that doesn't seem to want to be president anymore. In fact, he plans on not running for a second term. Pepper's nomination is in response to the Senate Judiacary Committee turning down two highly qualified nominees just because Senator Mitchell, commitee chair, doesn't like the President. Pepper's nomination sparks a media uproar and some very suprising results in an approval po ...more
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Christopher Buckley graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1976. He shipped out in the Merchant Marine and at age 24 became managing editor of Esquire magazine. At age 29, he became chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Since 1989 he has been founder and editor-in-chief of Forbes Life magazine.

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