Monday, May 25, 2009

Obama's SCOTUS Short List Narrows to 4 Women - Expect No Crusading Liberals

The New York Times tells us to expect no crusading liberals:

It has been more than 40 years since a Democratic president appointed someone who truly excited the left, but Mr. Obama appears to be following President Bill Clinton’s lead in choosing someone with more moderate sensibilities.

I don't expect a crusading liberal, but I do expect a woman. Reportedly, the short list has narrowed to these four women: Sonia Sotomayor of New York, Diane P. Wood of Chicago, Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. All of the women are said to be liberal. Diane Wood appears to be the most liberal and she's from Chicago, a city that Obama greatly favors. Obama knows Wood from his time at the U. of Chicago. Reportedly, of all the women on the list, Obama has the strongest relationship with Diane P. Wood.

And so it goes. Republicans appoint crusading conservatives like the sexist and homophobic blowhard Antonio Scalia. Democrats appoint moderates. But at least we will get a woman. Three women appointed to the Supreme Court in 232 years! It will be a record worthy of boasting about in the Middle East.

Pamela S. Karlan is a champion of gay rights, criminal defendants’ rights and voting rights. She is considered brilliant, outspoken and, in her own words, “sort of snarky.” To liberal supporters, she is an Antonin Scalia for the left.

But Ms. Karlan does not expect President Obama to appoint her to succeed Justice David H. Souter, who is retiring. “Would I like to be on the Supreme Court?” she asked in graduation remarks a couple of weeks ago at Stanford Law School, where she teaches. “You bet I would. But not enough to have trimmed my sails for half a lifetime.”

Obviously, Obama is a very big fan of 'trimmed sails.'