Sunday, April 11, 2010

Who Will Obama Nominate?
Mike Rappaport

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.

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Mike Rappaport


I just can't wait for Obama's to break the mold by nominating someone who has even the slightest training in math or science. What we don't need is another English major JD who always shunned the hard courses as an undergraduate. Today, more than ever, an advanced degree in math, science or economics should be considered a minimum for qualification to SCOTUS, especially since none of them except Breyer, has ever stood anywhere close to math and science, as their discussions plainly show.

Posted by: jimbino | Apr 11, 2010 8:10:19 AM


Posted by: medieval costume | Apr 11, 2010 9:11:43 AM

Yeah but Granholm didn't exactly do a bang-up job in her last role.

Posted by: pchuck | Apr 11, 2010 10:29:06 AM

We could do a lot worse than Kagan and probably will.

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