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« 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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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 12:58:30 pm »


I wouldn't expect that to be an issue.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 04:05:01 pm »

Our two greatest Chiefs, Warren and Marshall, were career politicians.  Then again, Vincent, our worst, was as well.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 09:41:15 pm »

Why is Granholm being mentioned so often?  Does she have any legal experience?
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009, 11:32:28 pm »

Early Intrade numbers (volume very low):

Sonia Sotomayor 35.0

She seems to be the most logical choice.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 10:15:28 am »

I wasn't aware that Granholm had been AG of Michigan and went to Harvard Law.  With that in mind, she seems like a very strong pick.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2009, 10:48:30 am »

would Granholm be the first justice born outside of the USA?

No.
From the top of my head, Felix Frankfurter was born in Austria.

James Wilson was born in Scotland.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2009, 05:32:08 pm »

The odds of Obama appointing another Brennan, in terms of ideology or influence, are slim to none.  Ideologically, I don't think there is really anyone around today who shares Brennan's views.  Perhaps one of his former clerks, but the only name that comes to mind is Merrick Garland, and at 57 he might be too old.

In terms of influence, as well, we won't have another Brennan.  For 3 decades Brennan was the single most important Justice on the Court; nobody Obama appoints will be able to sway votes the way Brennan could.  Anthony Kennedy is still the most important Justice, no matter who Obama appoints.
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2009, 06:02:51 pm »

No matter how persuasive Obama's justice is at convincing Kennedy, rly?

I had not considered that, good point.  I still think, though, that nobody Obama appoints can have the type of influence Brennan did.  See Harry Blackmun for an example of what I mean.
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2009, 06:17:32 pm »

I agree with everything you wrote.  I'm merely saying that, no matter how hard he tries, Obama won't be able to find another Brennan.  He should pick the person most likely to sway Kennedy; I think he should ignore what interest groups are saying.  He'll get another appointment before 2012, he can appoint a Hispanic then.  I personally am not enamored by Sotomayor, and think he should look elsewhere.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2009, 03:04:11 pm »

Wouldn't it be kind of odd to give the job to someone he just gave a different job to a couple months ago?

Not really.  Frank Murphy and Robert Jackson both served very little time as Attorney General before FDR appointed them, in 1940 and 1941.
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2009, 12:39:22 pm »

Merrick Garland would be excellent.  He's a former Brennan clerk, so he probably learned quite a bit from his boss.
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2009, 12:52:44 pm »

Merrick Garland would be excellent.  He's a former Brennan clerk, so he probably learned quite a bit from his boss.

No need to spend too much time thinking on the token white male.

Shame, he and Kagan are my two favorites.
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2009, 08:35:44 pm »

Someone on some message board suggested that he appoint Michelle!  That would be awesome!

Because it worked so well for Bill Clinton Roll Eyes

It might also be illegal.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2009, 04:31:44 pm »

I think SCOTUS is a bit far for someone so young.

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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2009, 01:40:46 pm »


I know.  I was showing a previous example.
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2009, 08:33:28 am »

Kagan would've been a much better pick.  Still, at least he's likely to get more appointments than just this one.

At 55, she's the same age Sam Alito was when he was appointed.
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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2009, 08:41:24 am »

Sotomayor doesn't seem to be all that bad. Granted it would be nice to have a non-appeals court justice on the Court, but she could add some spice (pun not intended) to the bench.

Not bad, no, but not my first or second choice.
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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2009, 10:15:48 am »

I'm guessing around 65-70 votes for her.
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2009, 09:32:57 pm »


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