Souter Replacement Watch Begins

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post has five strong possibilities and four dark horses.

The five likeliest:

  1. Sonia Sotomayor
  2. Elena Kagan
  3. Seth Waxman
  4. Diane Wood
  5. Harold Koh

The informed speculation says Obama will nominate a woman, so that would eliminate 3 and 5, at least as first choices.

The smart money seems to be on Sonia Sotomayor, because she is both female and Hispanic.

Diane Wood and Harold Koh would both be tough to confirm — Wood because she is pro-choice and Koh because he thinks it’s okay to cite foreign legal opinions once in a while.

Teresa Wynn Roseborough looks the most likely of the four less likely possibilities to me:

A legal scholar, in an email to the Huffington Post, described the Clinton-era Deputy Assistant Attorney General as such: “She’s late 40s, super smart and kind, decent, moderate; and was Editor in Chief of UNC law review. She clerked on the 4th Circuit and for Justice Stevens; worked in Department of Justice, was a partner at a private Atlanta firm; and now at a private counsel for MetLife. And, she’s African-American. A perfect choice. Unimpeachable and perfect.”

Exciting stuff ahead.

3 Responses to “Souter Replacement Watch Begins”

  1. tas says:

    The real question is how long it will take the Republicans to claim that whoever Obama nominates molests children while eating puppies. Will they go for the land/speed record or slack off and take a day before the wild accusations are thrown around?

  2. BandittheCat says:

    Obama’s MO so far is to avoid fights with the opposition, so I suspect (and fear) that he’ll pick someone the Republicans won’t filibuster, to the chagrin of everyone else.

    I hope he proves me wrong but I have low expectations for his choice.

  3. tas says:

    They’ll filibuster anyone, so let’s pick anyone.

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