Judge Rebecca Dallet, speaking at the “Women’s March” in Milwaukee (no pro-life women allowed), told the crowd of p—y hats that she deserves a spot on the state Supreme Court because she’s a woman.
“We need a woman on the Supreme Court who is going to look out for our rights,” Dallet said. Dallet didn’t elaborate which rights she would protect, but she recently came out against Act 10 which allowed state employees to not join unions and supported the illegal John Doe investigation into conservative groups.
“We still have one in five women in this state are judges,” Dallet said. “Only one in five. Women can do something about that.”
According to the U.S. Census, there are over 2.9 million women in Wisconsin. According to Dallet, that would mean there are over 580,000 women judges in this state, a slight overpopulation of judges and lawyers in this state. Perhaps we should shut down the law school lest we continue to needlessly create more judges.
But if she meant that only one in five judges in Wisconsin happen to be women, we’ll leave that to Politifact to check (right after they verify whether Tony Evers has been a lifetime educator). That might be the best we can divine from the intellectual muddle of Dallet’s thinking.
“We need to step up and February 20th is your opportunity,” Dallet said. “I am running for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dallet for Justice. Thank you.”
So if the (inarticulate) justification for Dallet’s campaign is that there are not enough women judges, what percentage of Supreme Court Justices should be women that Dallet would deem “fair”? If 50.1 percent of the state’s population is women, would Dallet accept slightly over 50 percent? That would be four out of seven.
Somebody should tell Dallet, using the justification she gave for her campaign, that there is simply no room for her on the state Supreme Court. There are five women on the high court, already one beyond the Dallet-defined quota. We could easily make room for the younger (by comparison) Dallet by tossing the two most senior members from the high court, Justices Shirley Abrahamson and Ann Walsh Bradley, but it’s likely Dallet would not get through the primary if she made such a suggestion.
Instead, let’s just note the shameful missed opportunity by Dallet to point out that five women have all faced the voters at different times and won their respective elections to the Supreme Court. Instead of worrying about quotas and what’s “fair,” the voters have spoken on the merits of their candidacies. Perhaps that’s what Dallet is really afraid of.