At the United States Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold's listening session Monday in Ozaukee County, a question from the floor.
Robert: On your judicial committee that you're on, how come you supported Louis Butler as a representative on the court for southwestern Wisconsin [Western District map]? We the State of Wisconsin voted him off the bench twice [sic] and now you're putting him to a position we can't get him off of [you can, but it's hard].
Feingold: Judge Butler is a distinguished judge. He did a wonderful job in Milwaukee ...
[Hoots, catcalls, grunts, etc.]
Feingold: I understand. Now you do know, of course, that the people of this country, when we made this Constitution, which many people [here] have referred to, specifically chose not to have federal judges elected. Now why is that? They decided they wanted a different kind of judiciary that wasn't based on elections. When Louis Butler lost his seat on the Supreme Court — 51-49 — he was not repudiated. He lost to another guy. That doesn't mean he should never be a judge. That doesn't mean he should go to jail or something. The guy barely lost.
[Audience members: But he lost!]
Feingold: But that doesn't mean ... and, by the way, he won in the Western District of Wisconsin. In the area that he would be the judge for, he won.
Feingold: So I don't think that should be the rule. We had a commission rank him first among all the people that applied, so I don't think it's wrong at all.
Then somebody spotted Glenn Grothman skulking around.