"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
He's entitled to nominate someone exactly like Stevens, and I hope he does.Back to the topic.. it doesn't matter too much who Obama chooses. He'll be simple replacing one left leaning judge with another. He's certainly not going to nominate a conservative and I agree that he won't nominate a far left jurist. He's in enough hot water now with out turning up the heat more.
Seems entirely qualified.
But I love the resume of Merrick Garland.
U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit - Merrick B. Garland (202) 216-7460
Both seem totally qualified. The current Solicitor General--I dunno. She doesn't do much for me.
Conservative warns Obama: Pick Garland or else - War Room - Salon.com
Salon just spoke with Curt Levey, the director of the Committee for Justice, a GOP group originally founded to push George W. Bush's court nominees, about how Republicans might react to the selection of a new justice. His message? There will be "an interesting conformation fight this summer...unless [President Obama] nominates someone very moderate."
For Levey, "very moderate" means someone like Judge Merrick Garland, a Clinton-appointee to the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Garland, along with Solicitor General Elana Kagan and Judge Dianne Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court, is widely thought to be the one of the mostly like candidates to replace Stevens.
I won't be able to get back to you tonight. But I will look into it at some point this weekend. Garland went to Harvard Law School, so my dad may know something about him (he went there as well and worked in the admissions office for almost 20 years). So I'll get his thoughts too. Oh, and the hubster is an attorney, but he had never heard of Garland when I read him the name just now. LOL
Merrick Garland - Candidates for the court | The Washington Post
Diane Wood - Candidates for the court | The Washington Post
You can click on all the names mentioned. From reading these pros and cons, Diane Wood is my choice so far. Any judge who clearly supports abortion rights is someone I want on the Supreme Court.