Brett Talley: Judge By Day, Ghost Hunter By Night

The Trump Administration makes paranormal investigations great again.

Vice reports that one of President Trump's judicial nominees, Brett Talley, worked as a ghost hunter. Ghosts--as in spirits and hauntings and such. This factoid came up as an aside to a story involving Talley's alleged failure to disclose on one of the myriad bureaucratic forms out there that he was married to a White House lawyer. Didn't the liberals always tell us that people should be free to marry anyone they so choose--same-gender, vacuum cleaners, animals, and--dare I say it--even lawyers? It seems Talley's tale of forbidden love failed to insulate him from the Left's drive to "out" him as some sort of eccentric.

The intention of the liberals, of course, is to ridicule Talley. But this is simply opportunism on the part of the Left--why haven't we heard progressive folks complain about the ghost hunting profession before this? As soon as President Trump becomes involved, though, it's suddenly all illegitimate despite the existence of an entire cottage industry of books and TV shows on the topic. Perhaps the liberals were all booked up harassing the gun industry. Had they focused more on silver bullets instead of silencers and bump stocks, the Left might at least have ginned up a little synergy on this paranormal angle.

Or maybe it's just that those reality shows about ghosts or Bigfoot or repo men are just too prole for the refined tastes of the denizens of New York City, those cosmopolitan elites who ditched the working class long ago. I'd have instead cited San Francisco, but it's much too disturbing to contemplate the tastes they prefer to (over)sample in that city.

The American Bar Association announced that they consider Talley unqualified for the position--which means that he's actually the most qualified, given that we've seen where "experts" and professional bodies like the ABA have taken us as a society over the past five--no, make that ten--decades. Rejection of the Establishment was, after all, the point of electing President Trump--someone from outside the system, free of any insider imprimatur.

Far from discrediting Talley, though, the revelation of his moonlighting as a ghost hunter only raises his stature. Admit it, it's fairly badass, evoking shades of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Not that I have much appreciation for Lincoln's role in expanding the Administrative State, but you can see the allure of the Lesser-Magistrate-takes-on-Lesser-Key-of-Solomon archetype, politics aside. It proves true, once again, that we indeed live in the best timeline.

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Erick Erickson
Erick Erickson


I think the ABA really is a partisan tool against these judges and I am appalled that the Senate Republicans are dragging out these nominations so slowly that the left is able to pile on the attacks.


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