When you think about it, becoming a Supreme Court justice is a uniquely bizarre form of notoriety in Washington. Any other official dealing with the out-of-body experience of seeing themselves in political cartoons or SNL skits actively sought out publicity and usually had years to acclimate to it. Elected officials get their jobs by putting themselves out there and by the time they’re in the Senate, they’re ready for the publicity that goes with holding one of the highest jobs in the country.
But outside of law nerds — that’s YOU, folks! — Supreme Court justices are mostly anonymous until they become one-ninth of the people charged for life with deciding whether or not we even get a future election. No position in government has a more bracing zero to 60 than getting nominated to the Supreme Court. In a lot of ways it’s more like becoming a movie star than a government official because it’s the only high visibility government post that people get without throwing themselves into the limelight.
Which is all preamble to how wild it must be to find yourself immortalized in bobblehead form.
And speaking of presales, the Hall is also releasing a more comprehensive set of justices you can check out:
In addition, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released the first series of publicly available Supreme Court bobbleheads which include 16 other current and former Supreme Court Justices. Those bobbleheads are available for pre-order and are expected to ship in December. The list includes Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, William Rehnquist, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas, and Earl Warren. They join Ketanji Brown Jackson and previously released bobbleheads of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amy Coney Barrett.
This is definitely the coolest part of becoming a justice. Even if some justices weren’t excited about the idea at first!
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