Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Next Supreme Court Justice
First of all, when was the last time a President actually picked the consensus favorite as a Supreme Court nominee? It certainly hasn't happened since I started paying attention (circa Clarence Thomas). Still, I guess that won't stop the speculation business. And so far, the money is on Sonia Sotomayor, presumably because a) she's a woman - which the Court desperately needs, and b) she's Hispanic, which the Court has never had.

As for her actual qualifications, abilities,and judicial temperament, of course Republicans find her lacking - no big surprise. And among Democratic/liberal commentators, either Sotomayor is a horrible choice or an outstanding choice, depending on what you read. Figure it out for yourself.

Either way, and whoever Obama picks, we need more women there. 51% of the population and 11% of the Supreme Court is just pretty ridiculous. And Ginsburg is not exactly a model of health. Let's not forget too that when it came to a cabinet, Obama was not opposed to naming a well-known figure. Hell he wanted Sanjay Gupta to be his Surgeon General. So I think he just might surprise everybody. Oprah for Supreme Court? Judge Judy? Well, maybe not that for out, but may at least break with recent tradition. I guess we'll see.

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