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« on: April 30, 2009, 09:44:58 pm »
« edited: May 26, 2009, 08:24:49 am by Senator Purple State »

Post your picks. Here's my list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adalberto_Jordan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_V%C3%A1zquez

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_R._Moreno

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Sotomayor

Obama likely will go Hispanic considering his lack-luster record with the community so far. I would be shocked if he doesn't put a woman on the bench, as Ginsburg will likely retire soon and you need at least one if not two women on the bench. But he may put a Cuban (Jordan) on there because of the recent openings with Cuba and Latin America.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 09:50:53 pm »

How about a jurist whose last name begins with the letter Z? We could really use one of those. Maybe two.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 10:00:18 pm »

Sonia Sotomayor probably will be our newest justice.  It would be consistent with President Obama's oft-stated desire to change the tone in Washington, D.C., and pick a nominee who has proven to have had bipartisan appeal and a centrist voting record.  I am certain that he would want to get this Supreme Court nomination out of the way quickly so he could focus on the rest of his agenda, which would seem to rule out anyone overly controversial (so no liberals). 
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 10:05:18 pm »

I would also imagine that Ginsburg's seat would be given to a hardcore liberal, making up for the loss of Souter, but not right away.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 10:57:03 pm »

I think it's weird that everyone's talking about only judges, when historically presidents have nominated Senators and Governors plenty. Earl Warren, our greatest Chief Justice, had no judicial experience, remember. I would argue that it's a good idea to give the court some balance with respect to historical background, so that the justices aren't completely removed from the actual effects of their decisions.
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 10:59:02 pm »

Maybe Jennifer Granholm.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 11:00:26 pm »

Sonia Sotomayor will be the pick.  She grew up in the Bronx.  Obama can't resist that.

Obama = J-Lo?

pleasase discuss
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2009, 11:16:12 pm »

Harriet Miers......*duck*

jk I'm saying William J. Clinton.
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009, 11:26:58 pm »

I hope Scalia's looking to retire soon.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 11:31:52 pm »

Would nominating Deval Patrick give the Democrats in Massachusetts a better shot at holding the Governor's mansion in two years?  Is that something you think Obama might think about?

Here's the real wild card pick: Hillary Clinton.

Smart money says Sotomayor, though.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2009, 11:33:49 pm »

Would nominating Deval Patrick give the Democrats in Massachusetts a better shot at holding the Governor's mansion in two years?  Is that something you think Obama might think care about?

No.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009, 11:37:33 pm »

Harriet Miers......*duck*

jk I'm saying William J. Clinton.

Only if Obama wants a real fight on his hands and wants to relive the past.  I doubt it.
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2009, 11:57:32 pm »

I think it's weird that everyone's talking about only judges, when historically presidents have nominated Senators and Governors plenty. Earl Warren, our greatest Chief Justice, had no judicial experience, remember. I would argue that it's a good idea to give the court some balance with respect to historical background, so that the justices aren't completely removed from the actual effects of their decisions.

As a question of reference, who is the last non-jurist appointed to and confirmed to the SC?
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009, 11:58:53 pm »

Rehnquist I think.
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2009, 12:01:42 am »

Would nominating Deval Patrick give the Democrats in Massachusetts a better shot at holding the Governor's mansion in two years?  Is that something you think Obama might think care about?

No.

You're saying it wouldn't help hold the Governor's mansion of Obama doesn't care that it would help hold the Governor's mansion?
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2009, 12:09:09 am »

Well, Rehnquist was the last to have no judicial experience (though he was a SCOTUS clerk), but he was appointed from the justice department, so he had some Washington legal experience. Powell was the last to not have any sort of public legal experience, having worked in the private sector.
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2009, 12:13:05 am »

Would nominating Deval Patrick give the Democrats in Massachusetts a better shot at holding the Governor's mansion in two years?  Is that something you think Obama might think care about?

No.

You're saying it wouldn't help hold the Governor's mansion of Obama doesn't care that it would help hold the Governor's mansion?

Why would Obama care about who the Governor of Massachusetts is?
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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2009, 12:46:35 am »

Well, Rehnquist was the last to have no judicial experience (though he was a SCOTUS clerk), but he was appointed from the justice department, so he had some Washington legal experience. Powell was the last to not have any sort of public legal experience, having worked in the private sector.

I feel like, especially as these things have become increasingly contentious and more about appeasing the right groups and avoiding mistakes, it is unlikely it would go to someone without judicial experience. Also significant is that this is Obama's first SC nominee, meaning he needs to really get this one through and impress. Powell and Rehnquist were both later nominees by Nixon, following Berger and Blackmun, so that was less important.
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2009, 01:25:58 am »

Take it to the bank that the pick will be a woman.  The smart money is on Sonia Sotomayor.
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2009, 02:50:50 am »


Would she be the hottest Justice ever or what?
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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2009, 08:29:23 am »

Would nominating Deval Patrick give the Democrats in Massachusetts a better shot at holding the Governor's mansion in two years?  Is that something you think Obama might think about?

I know for damn sure that Obama isn't going to pick someone who can be pigeonholed for his strong advocacy of gay marriage in his state, seeing as how it will come before the Supreme Court in Patrick's lifetime.
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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2009, 11:28:36 am »


Also the Canadianest. But what do you expect from a TERRORIST President?
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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2009, 12:07:09 pm »

I could see Granholm being chosen, although for the first pick I think Obama is likely to play it slightly safe.  Granholm, Sonia Sotomayor, Diane Wood and Elena Kagan are likely to be looked at most closely.  There is also some lesser speculation about Kim Wardlaw and Leah Ward Sears.

If Obama is willing to appoint a staunch liberal, Kathleen Sullivan or Pam Karlan are strong possibilities.
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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2009, 12:16:38 pm »

I don't know his name, but I'm hoping it was that Oregon district judge who ruled that lapdances are free speech.
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« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2009, 12:47:00 pm »

I'll expect a list like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Sotomayor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrick_Garland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adalberto_Jordan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_V%C3%A1zquez
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Rountree_Hassell,_Sr.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leah_Ward_Sears
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Kagan - The best pick, in my view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Wynn_Roseborough
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Revesz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deval_Patrick
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