Dahlia Lithwick: SG Verrilli “brings a butter dish to a gunfight.”

April 26th, 2012

When the Justices aren’t buying your argument, throw the (surprisingly ineffective) SG under the SCOTUS Bus. I wonder who the last SG was to botch so many big cases.

The case recycles last month’s leading Supreme Court advocates in the health care cases, with Paul Clement returning for his role as the Reasonable States-Rights Guy, and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli reprising his role of Sober Gentleman Advocate From Another Era, which at this moment in Roberts Court history feels like a guy who brings a butter dish to a gunfight.