Sunday, April 11, 2010
Of course, I don't know. But the New York Times lists 5 contenders: Merrick Garland, Diane Wood, Elena Kagan, Jennifer Granholm, and Janet Napolitano. Here is my analysis. Garland is disqualified for being too old (57) and being a white male. He is just there to rebut the claim that Obama won't consider white males. Diane Wood is also largely disqualified for being too old (59), although she does have a small chance. Napolitano is gone because of her comments following the crotch bomber fiasco. That leaves Kagan and Granholm. Both are young enough. My guess is that Kagan will be opposed a bit by the left and that will hurt her. That Granholm is a politician and never served as a judge would, I think, make her interesting to Obama. The recent trend is to appoint judges. And so Granholm would be something new. Transformative President and all that.
A young, attractive women who was never a judge -- affirmative action and a transformation -- who went to Harvard Law School. This sounds like the pick that Obama would want.