Posts Tagged ‘karlan’

SCOTUS Nominee That Would Most Excite the Democratic Party Base

April 12, 2010

If President Obama wanted to electrify his base, and not just his those who have JDs or follow legal decisions like sports, he would nominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  While the selection of people like Professors Pam Karlan, Kathleen Sullivan or Larry Tribe would rev up the liberal legal community, most voters haven’t the faintest idea who they are, let alone what there stances are on legal issues.  While most people, including myself, do not know where Hillary stands, most people know who she is. And most who know who she is think she is pretty liberal.  She could turn out to fool everyone like C.J. Earl Warren or J. Stevens.  But I doubt that would happen.

If President Obama wants to help his party in November, there are few choices that would be better.  Plus, she is a former Senator and the Senate usually does not give its own a hard on confirmation.

It’s Like the NYTimes Read My Blog

May 7, 2009

In today’s NYTimes, Adam Liptak, in an article about replacing Justice Souter, wrote:

The first rule of the Supreme Court, Justice Brennan would say, holding up his open hand, is to get to five — meaning persuading five of the nine justices. . . “The replacement to Souter is not going to make an ideological majority for progressives,” said Abner J. Mikva, a former federal judge who taught with Mr. Obama at the University of Chicago“The new justice has got to be someone who can persuade Kennedy and maybe even Alito.” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is the court’s swing justice, and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a conservative, is the court’s newest member.

Like I said before, the only thing that matters is 5.  While it would be nice to have a Justice who could write memorable opinions, if they are mostly dissenting opinions, it won’t matter.