Well I’m forced to have an opinion based on the assumptions and reporting of others. Never the less I am will ing to take a position on President Obama’s SCOTUS pick. The irony here is I don’t know if I believe he’ll pick anyone that is publicly “known” on everyone’s lists.
First the NOT’s
Hillary Clinton: It has been reported she’s out and seeing as I must subscribe to the book of consistency I don’t think O fears her in ’12.
Janet Napolitano: Really?!?! Once bit twice shy I say. She sucks and the only progressive point she triggers is met by the HuffPo front-runner who is by far more qualified.
Elena Kagan: A fave among many and one that has attracted the immediate attention of the Right.She has got to be a contender. She is female.likely a lesbian,and judicially qualified. She’s lived in progressive academia circles and when you get down to brass tacks ,actually could pass open-minded Republican committee muster.In fact on the last point I’ve seen liberals balking on her possible ascension. She of course could be a Trojan Horse ideologically speaking. She is also a good candidate on the longevity chart.
Diane Wood: Accomplished jurist who would be a good pick. Her cons of course being she is straight and white her pros being she has breasts.She scores well on the longevity chart too. I don’t have much to say on Wood since she is just qualified and in an ideal world that would be good enough.
Leah Ward Sears: My personal pick if I were to play Obama-for-a-day. Accomplished yet usable to check off an identity politics box. History of support from Zell Miller,this is good press wise going into hearings and she scores well on the longevity chart.
I can’t see Michigan Governor being picked (Granholm=idiot) nor can I see Obama risking Senate seats. The two white guys (Garland&Thomas) are no goes due to longevity and lack of diversity. Obama can go outside the box and pick a non-judicial type ,I doubt it as per his own words:
And while we cannot replace Justice Stevens’ experience or wisdom, I will seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities — an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law, and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people. It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy, powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.Time