Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Not a bad gig if you can get it

Sue Bell Cobb wants to take Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers' job next year, but she'll have a tough time getting it.

Cobb has been a judge since 1981, shortly after she graduated law school, and that gives her a huge judicial experience edge on both Nabers, who has been a judge for a little more than a year, and Nabers' prospective Republican primary opponent, Tom Parker, who's spent even less time on the bench and has issued far fewer decisions than his fellow associate Supreme Court justices.

The most critical factor, however, could be that Cobb has a D after her name in a state that increasingly finds itself in the R corner. Because a lot of voters pay little attention to judicial candidates, many vote for judges based on little more than their party affiliation, and the GOP is the dominant party in Alabama these days. There's a reason why the state Supreme Court consisted of nine Democrats a couple of decades ago and why it consists of nine Republicans today.


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