Supreme Courtship

Supreme Courtship

by Christopher Buckley, Anne Heche (Read by)

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Overview

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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ISBN-13: 9781600247910
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 09/07/2009
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language."

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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Supreme Courtship 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Should a television judge be appointed to the Supreme Court? Aren't there more qualified judges available? Do we need to know Latin to read this book? Are there too many legalisms for the average reader? Is it pretty funny, all things considered, or does Buckley try to hard? If you read the book, these will all be questions for you to decide. As for me, I laughed a lot, but then I am a lawyer who studied Latin.
Clif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What better way to prepare for the upcoming Supreme Court nominee hearings than to indulge in the ironic-humor-on-every-page writing of Christopher Buckley. This book imagines that political polarization has reached a point where it is impossible for anybody nominated by the president to be confirmed by the Senate. Then through a surprising twist of fate only possible in the context of American politics, a popular but enormously unqualified woman (combination of Judge Judy, Sarah Palin, and yellow rose of Texas) is confirmed to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It's then Katie bar the door with hilarious fun breaking out in all directions in the midst of Constitutional, international and personal crises. A chapter devoted to the new justice's first case on the court stretches legal Latin beyond the limits of credulity. Since the author's name is Buckley, I'm pretty sure it's all good Latin. However, the cases referenced surely must be fictional. I think the point being made is that the justices are more concerned with one-upping each other with their inflated knowledge of cases and legalese than with justice. " ... it was a clear-cut case of 'interrebus quod aspecto' and that it had absolutely zero bearing 'per res sciatica.' When the new justice interrupts the arguments her mind goes blank, and she can think of only two words to say, "Quasi & modo." She is then asked, "... do you think 'Quasimodo v. Notre Dame Bellringers Guild' has application here?" Buckley shoots one-liners and modern-day-proverbs out with such rapidity one can't help but wonder what sort of mind generated them. Is it a clever wit at work? Or a demented mind? Here are some examples: On the virtues of procrastination: Short of nuclear warheads that have already been launched, there is no situation that cannot be met head-on with inaction. On the political temperature: Nothing raises the national temperature more than a VACANCY sign hanging from the colonnaded front of the supreme Court. Man speaking to woman:"I Googled you, ... Sounds almost indecent, doesn't it?" The nominee telling the Senators what the viewing public is saying about their hearing:".... wake me up if they find public hair on any Coke cans." The response to the preceding comment above:"Nineteen senators stared mutely at the nominee." The following isn't exactly a one liner, but I love the historical associations: How many times had those awful words - "I know what I'm doing" - been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster? The night before Waterloo in Napoleon's tent? In the Reichschancellery before invading Soviet Russia? Before the "cakewalk" known as Operation Iraqi Freedom? There's even a quotation of William F. Buckley Jr. cited in the text by this disinterested author. I've decided not to repeat the quote here. You can find it yourself. Not only is Buckley lampooning all three branches of the federal government, he takes pot shots at reality television, the writers of The West Wing, and the uninformed populace. Hmmm, that includes you and me! He even has the court deciding the outcome of a presidential election. How far-fetched can a novel be! We know that could never happen in real life.
nivramkoorb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first Chris Buckley book. I usually read more "serious " fare but because I read 50 books a year, I need less serious diversions such as David Sedaris, Beth Lisack, Christopher Moore, and now Buckley. In that context I enjoyed the book. It was a good read and kept me entertaining and that is why I read it. Anyone out there want to recommend other books by Buckley? Thanks
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 polls.This book is probably one of the most humorous I've read this year. I'm not doing it any justice from my description. Pepper is a fiesty young Texan that brings a new atmosphere to the dignified Supreme Court. She tells it like it is and doesn't care what you think about it. Currently the Supreme Court is divided 4 -4 and Pepper's vote will become critical in the nation's most important case in decades.A leak in the office, an inter-judiciary romance, and a President that is running just to prove a point add up to quite a collection of situations that all show just a little bit of the flaws in our system could be manipulated given the correct alignment of events.4/5 (a little too much legalize...but what can you expect in a book about the Supreme Court)
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny story that satirizes TV, politics, relationships, and virtually anything else that makes it to its pages. You can read it in a day, and it'll be a laugh filled day for you.
CDianeK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have had mixed success with Christopher Buckley. I adored No Way to Treat a First Lady and The White House Mess, but I had to put down Thank You for Smoking. I accept all fault for this, maybe I wasn't in the mood for it when I tried to read it.I happily add Supreme Courtship to the "Adored" column.An extraordinarily unpopular President (no, not that one. Or him either), frustrated that the Senate Judiciary Committee refuses to confirm his Supreme Court nominees merely because its members don't like him, goes for broke and nominates the wildly popular reality show judge, Pepper Cartwright, for the vacant seat. This is the story of her selection, nomination, and some of the early activities of her court.Combining reality television and the political process - which is of course the earliest of the reality genre - and the unfortunate assumption that more people vote for the next American Idol than in the latest presidential election, Buckley takes us a wild ride. Does it strain credulity? Oh yes. Is it utterly hysterical? Absolutely!Anne Heche does a magnificent job as the reader of this wonderful story. I found myself circling the block before going home just to hear a little more.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would it be like if Judge Judy was appointed to the Supreme Court? The premise of this book is that the president needs to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and the Senate Judiciary Committee has destroyed the 2 perfect judges that have nominated so to get their goat he nominates Judge Pepper from the popular TV series Courtroom Six.The public is thrilled with the nomination and she is pushed through. At the same time, the head Senator of the Judicary Committee (who really wanted the job) is recruited by the producer of Courtroom Six to take on the role of the President in his new series POTUS.This was an extremely fun book satirizing our legistlative and judiciary.
bribre01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing, I much prefered Boomsday.
liehtzu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witty, sharp, adroit. Wonderful tongue-in-cheek poke at the US Supreme Court and a fascinating insight for us non-Americans, that is to say, the world.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightful romp through the pomposity of Washington Congressional and presidential politics. Christopher Buckley is a master at tongue in cheek. He presents us with a president who is as close to Ozzie Nelson as we can find. He bowls, he watches TV, he vetoes every spending bill Congress sends him because he doesn't think the American people should pay for some of these ridiculous boon-doggles. But most of all, he just wants this term to be over, so he can go home to Ohio and sit on his front porch.Before he does that however, he has to appoint a Supreme Court justice, and Congress is not inclined to approve anyone he sends. In a burst of brilliance (watching late night TV) he decides to appoint Pepper Cartwright, star of a top-rated TV Courtroom Show and America's favorite TV judge. This political satire gets better with each page as we watch this Texas born and bred (but Fordham Law school educated) lady bring her own brand of straight-shooting, pistol packing, rodeo riding spirit to the here-to-fore straight-laced Senate confirmation committee, and then to the court itself.It is frankly, laugh out loud hilarious.
brianinbuffalo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful satire is laugh-out-loud hilarious in many spots. What it might lack in substance it more than makes up for with its zany twists and quirky characters. It also serves up neat commentary on the reality television craze. I didn't expect to like this book nearly as much as I did.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun political satire that was almost ruined by the narration of Anne Heche. Don't listen to this book on audio because it made me want to stuff a sock in her mouth. Other than that and the fact that the president's contribution to society was that he vetoed every spending bill that crossed his desk (no ability to discriminate?) it was both funny and informative in parts.
agirlandherbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A TV judge gets nominated to the Supreme Court by a president who has no desire to run for a second term.Supreme Courtship has got a spunky heroine, Washington scandal, and scheming to get both into and out of the Oval Office. The ending is sweet, as most Christopher Buckleys are. However, it would have been nice to have one Supreme Court oral argument turn into a scene from Judge Judy.
joecflee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read an ARC that I picked up at the Book Expo.Funny, entertaining, and based on a very incredible but possible-in-these days premise, this was a thoroughly enjoyable piece of work. The interaction amongst the Supreme Court Justices interlaced with Latin was hilarious.The last third of the book is a bit slow, and somewhat predictable, but it does not take away from the quick-paced and light read.
gazzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny satire on Washington and Supreme Court. I laughed out loud at parts. It makes up in fun what what it lacks in bite. Sometimes when I read Buckley I get a sense of Wodehouse, the uppercrustiness? Maybe. but more likely it is the inspired lunacy, that is unfortunately, not present here. Perhaps was written on teh Acela as the author hints as there is a sense of too much speed in the writing.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some authors who--even when they're not at their best--are so much better than almost anyone or anything else. Christopher Buckley is just such an author. I don't think that Supreme Courtship is his strongest work. The satire isn't quite as clever and cutting as some of what he's done in the past. I'd call it "Buckley light." That said, you'd have to be made of stone not to get a giggle from this book. It's just silly and fun. In the novel, the US is governed by a wildly unpopular president. (I'm not even going to say anything here.) Not only is he unpopular with the people, he's even more unpopular with his own congress. (He vetoes all of their pork barrel projects.) As revenge, the senate subcommittee eviscerates every Supreme Court nominee he sends their way, no matter how honorable and qualified. It's painful to watch. At his wits end, in an attempt to nominate an untouchable, he nominates Pepper Cartwright, America's favorite television judge. Hilarity ensues! Not only is Buckley lampooning all three branches of the federal government, he takes pot shots at reality television, the uninformed populace, and possibly the writers of The West Wing. Again, this is a very light and fluffy book. If you're looking for in-depth insight into the workings of the Supreme Court, you're barking up the wrong tree. If, however, you're looking for a pleasant and not too challenging way to pass a few hours, you could do a lot worse. Christopher Buckley makes me smile. And you'll never look at the Nimitz the same way again, LOL.
taramatchi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher Buckley did it again! Another strong and funny female character. This story was fast moving and witty. A fun read for anyone who thinks sometimes the media and politics can be equally absurd.
Capfox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As much as I like Buckley, and as much as I like the concept of this book, I feel like it didn't live up to its full potential. Sure, it had its funny moments, but it didn't really come off as sharply or as well as his previous novels that I've read.The premise here is promising: the President of the United States, mired with low approval ratings and tired of seeing his Supreme Court nominees shot down for spurious reasons, decided to nominate a very popular TV judge to fill the vacancy instead. The confirmation process and what happens afterwards make up the body of the book.Buckley's got some of his usual good sense of the absurdity of the situation, and the satire is well done at points, but I felt that this book lacked both the characterization and the pacing of some of his other work. Even the leads in this didn't feel all that real; and when I say leads, I suppose I only mean Pepper, the TV judge, because no one else is really fleshed out at all. The politicians, the other justices, the reality TV producer husband of Pepper, none of them really felt like anything real to me. The romantic interest for Pepper in particular came off very flat.The pacing, past the confirmation process part, really just spins out of control, and it's hard to tell how much time is passing - it's not always clear, and it's certainly not constant. Thus, while the plot is easy enough to see, since there's a campaign to follow, it's not so easy to figure out what should be happening when.There's some good Buckley moments here, both in the campaign and in the confirmation process, and it's a fast and enjoyable enough read, but it's a marked step down from some of his other work. Only read it if you're really into his novels, I'd say.
nathanm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher Buckley returns to top form in this biting satire. I read the entire book in just a couple sittings. It was hard to put down, and a light, breezy diversion. I previously read Florence of Arabia, which wasn't quite as good. Probably because Buckley doesn't understand the Middle East as well as Washington, DC. By which I mean to say, he knows Washington, and Beltway politics, inside and out. The central situation in this book is beyond absurd, but how the characters respond to it, and the litany of case law he made up for the book, are surreal.
ALincolnNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following up on the success of "Boomsday" with its over-the-top approach to solving the Social Security crisis, novelist Christopher Buckley trains his rapier wit and sense of irony on the heavily politicized process of Supreme Court nominations. Imagining a climate in which an unpopular president cannot convince the Senate to confirm even the most qualified nominee, Buckley gleefully imagines a president nominating a popular TV judge for the bench in "Supreme Courtship."President Donald Vanderdamp, elected on a platform of reform, has alienated virtually everyone in Washington DC with his attempts to actually reform the system. In particular, the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, Dexter Mitchell, despises the sitting president, torpedoing his nominees and even brazenly requesting nomination to the court himself in a private meeting. Flipping channels one evening while at Camp David, Vanderdamp stumbles across the popular primetime hit, "Courtroom Six," presided over by the brash and attractive Pepper Cartwright, whom he decides to name to the highest court.The unorthodox selection creates an uproar throughout the nation's capital, even among Vanderdamp's own staff. It also creates unexpected tension within Pepper's life, as her producer-husband Buddy Bixby dreads losing his star to public service. Pepper's popularity with the American public, along with her folksy Texas-size personality, make it politically difficult to oppose her confirmation.If the situation sounds farcical, it certainly is, but Buckley's skill as an author transforms a moderately funny, if undeveloped, late-night comedy skit idea into a giddy lampoon of political culture and the media's coverage of it. Warmly embracing the irony of the absurd throughout, he crafts a consistently amusing, and frequently downright funny, tale filled with ambition run amok, romantic entanglements, and ridiculous legalese. It is both difficult to put down and difficult to imagine how he could've improved upon it in any way.
mojomomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny book, set in Washington DC during the first term of President Vanderdamp. All of his Supreme Court nominees have been shot down by the powerful Senate Judicial Committee, so he calls their bluff and nominates a TV judge. Her widespread popularity wins her the nomination. Meanwhile Congress retaliates by passing a Constitutional amendment limiting the President to one-term. Vanderdamp reluctantly runs for a second term, on principle, and to his shock and amazement, wins! Now Pepper must cast the deciding vote that will determine the U.S. President for the next four years.
mazeway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really fun book. Buckley has a gift for interesting characters you want to read more about. They aren't usually particularly well-rounded, but delightful while they last. Great dialogue as always. Funny, funny stuff. It's biting fluff...like a mean persian cat.
iubookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher Buckley's Supreme Courtship is a clever satire of the American political landscape. Hilarity quickly ensues as the Senate Judiciary Committee makes a mockery of two Supreme Court nominees, leading the President to turn to a popular TV judge as his next nominee. All the while, Congress is working on a constitutional amendment to limit Presidents to one-term merely out of spite and disdain for the sitting President. What makes Supreme Courtship even funnier (and perhaps a little scary) is how closely our country treads this line of pop culture and politics right now. I've heard Barack Obama described as a celebrity on more than one occasion, and Oprah has enough power to rule the world should she so choose. Buckley takes this blurring of lines to the extreme and provides some comic relief from the seriousness of the present. If you follow national politics (or Judge Judy), you'll enjoy Supreme Courtship.
BeckyJG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If only the real world--especially the world of politics--could be as Christopher Buckley portrays it in his novels. It would be just as precipitous, just as scary, just as ridiculous as it already is...but it would also be screamingly funny. In previous novels he's made us laugh at the excesses of big money lobbying in Washington, D.C. (Thank You For Smoking), our worship of the stock market (God is My Broker), and health care and social security (Boomsday). In his latest, Supreme Courtship, Buckley takes on election year politics and our sometimes shaky justice system.Supreme Courtship takes place during the presidency of Donald "Don Veto" Vanderdamp, who is not "riding a tidal wave of popularity." He earned his popularity rating--and his nickname--by writing NO on every spending bill sent his way by congress. Now he has to get a nominee to the Supreme Court past the Senate Judiciary Committee, every member of which he has managed to alienate by denying pork of one sort or another. Even more unfortunate for the president the chairman of said committee, Senator Dexter Mitchell, dislikes the president more than most, considering his own recent bid for the open justice position--denied without even being considered. Senator Mitchell takes out his rancor on the president by shooting down his first two squeaky clean nominees (the worst dirt that could be found on the first was that when he was twelve years old he wrote a review of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird for the school newspaper which opined that it was kind of boring). So the president nominates Pepper Cartwright, young, sexy, Texan, and star of the extremely popular reality TV show Courtroom Six. Judge Pepper is so hot and so popular that even Dexter Mitchell has to give her a pass.There are laughs on every page of Supreme Courtship, but the behind-the-scenes look at the Nine alone is worth the cost of admission. The justices are ambitious, calculating, and just generally not very nice to one another. The cases they deliberate on, and the rulings they hand down, are decidedly less portentous than Brown v. Board of Education or Roe v. Wade. Oh, and their bickering and banter contains a healthy (or, perhaps, not so healthy?) sprinkling of Latin phrases.Buckley layers the satire thickly. Consider this: a constitutional amendment limiting the president to one term, which forces President Vanderdamp to seek a second term (which he doesn't want) just to prove he's not intimidated. Or this: Senator Dexter Mitchell leaving office to star in a West Wing-esque TV show called POTUS (insider lingo for President of the United States, doncha know) in which he plays--that's right--the president of the United States, and which he uses as a jumping off point for his own campaign for president.I eagerly await Christopher Buckley's books, which--hilarious though they are--still contain heart and soul. So I leave you with this exchange between Justice Pepper Cartwright and Chief Justice Declan Hardwether:He: Well, to work. Industry is the enemy of melancholy.She: Rochefoucauld or refrigerator magnet?He: William F. Buckley Jr.I think the great man might have liked that tribute even more than his son's eulogy. I know I would