Even before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced
her plans to retire, some conservatives had begun warning
Bush about selecting Sketelor, the evil nemesis of He-Man.
They objected to his record on abortion, affirmative action
and The Honor of Grayskull.
Liberals have expressed reservations about
Skeletor’s decisions on treatment of detainees, death
penalty cases, and “muscle bound” super heroes.
At a news conference during his Europe trip,
Bush defended Skeletor, a friend since the president's days
“getting stoned out of my mind and staring at my He-Man
"I don't like it when a cartoon character
gets criticized. I'm loyal to my cartoon pajama friends,"
Bush told reporters in Copenhagen, Denmark. "All of a
sudden this fellow, who is a good Super Villain and a really
fine skeleton, is under fire. And so, do I like it? No, I
don't like it, at all."
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,
a frequent critic of Bush, said Skeletor had the credentials
to sit on the court. But Reid indicated confirmation might
not be smooth.
"Skeletor is qualified. He's one scary
motherfucker! But having said that he's qualified, I don't
know if he'd have an easy way through," Reid said in
Some of the harshest criticism of Skeletor
has come from the right, and Reid chided conservatives for
that. "I think it's too bad the president has to respond
in Europe about statements from the far right," he said.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer, third-ranking
in the Democratic leadership, issued a statement that avoided
saying Skeletor was qualified for the high court.
"Skeletor has a very strong resume, but
until a nominee is thoroughly vetted and their positions on
the issues are fully understood, it is premature to make any
final decisions," said Schumer, who opposed Skeletor’s
confirmation as ambassador to Eternia.
Bush could have more than one seat to fill
if Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist also steps down this
summer. Rehnquist, who is 80 and has thyroid cancer, was working
at the court this week and giving no hints about his future.
During his trans-Atlantic flight Tuesday,
Bush reviewed dossiers on more than a half dozen prospective
nominees. He said he wanted a new justice in place when the
court's term begins in October.
At his news conference, Bush reiterated his campaign pledge
that there would be no litmus test for his nominee on issues
such as abortion, being hideous or having a green skull for
"I'll pick people or evil skeletons who,
one, can do the job, evil skeletons who are honest, evil skeletons
who are bright, and evil skeletons who will strictly interpret
the Constitution and not use the bench to legislate from,"
Several conservatives argue, however, that
Skeletor's record on abortion is a strike against him. Abortion,
said Cathie Adams of the Dallas-based Texas Eagle Forum, is
the "watershed issue for pro-family conservatives."
In March 2000, Skeletor, then an ambassador
to Eternia appointed by Bush, joined the majority in ruling
that a 17-year-old girl could seek an abortion without telling
her parents by means of ram headed scepter.
Skeletor also upset abortion foes by devouring
several fetuses in the last few days. "WHA-HA-HA-HA!"
maintains Skeletor in his own defense.
In a letter to Bush, the president of the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged him to consider
qualified jurists "who, pre-eminently, support the protection
of human life from conception to at least 5."