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Souter's Replacement - If Obama Chooses a Woman for the Supreme Court

By May 4, 2009

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If it were Ruth Bader Ginsberg, it'd be a no-brainer. But since David Souter is the first justice to step down from the Supreme Court, it's unclear whether or not President Obama will chose a woman to fill Souter's seat on the bench.

If Obama name a woman to the Supreme Court, here's the early buzz on who and why:

  • Slate.com - In "Does Souter's Replacement Have to Be a Woman?" Emily Bazelon comes up with her list of possible females.
  • VanityFair.com - In "Let's Make Clarence Thomas's Worst Nightmare Come True," Nell Scovell proposes a pick with a high squirm factor for a sitting associate justice - Anita Hill, a woman who would also make VP Joe Biden and party-switcher Senator Arlen Specter uncomfortable.
  • SCOTUSblog.com - In "If there is a Supreme Court appointment this summer…." written four months ago, Tom Goldstein names four women - three front-runners and one dark horse.
  • Newsweek.com - In "Put Palin on the Supreme Court," Dahlia Lithwick argued way back in September 2008 that the Republican VP candidate would shake up stuffy Supreme Court. (This was before Palin's disastrous tumble in the polls.)
  • Tennessee Guerilla Woman - In "Souter's Replacement: The Short List of Women," the top five candidates are pictured, and a short bio accompanies each possible choice.
  • New York Times - In "Wider World of Choices to Fill Souter’s Vacancy," Charlie Savage observes how much easier it will be for Obama to find a qualified female nominee than it was for his predecessors Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
  • Washington Post - In "When Women Rule, It Makes a Difference," Christina L. Boyd and Lee Epstein observe that the appointment of a woman won't simply add a female opinion to the court, but may also sway the voting patterns of the males around her."
  • The New Republic - In "The Case Against Sotomayor," Jeffrey Rosen argues that the woman who tops nearly every legal expert's list isn't quite up to the task of Supreme Court justice.

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May 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(1) whiteknyght says:

Two obvious political choices come to mind… Hilary Clinton, which would permanently place her off the shelf to ever think of vying for any presidential nominations… and Bill Clinton, the ultimate friend to women, who could equally be put on a safe-keeping leash.

May 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(2) Bill says:

A women must b chosen. But the President has to do so quickly while his popularity remains high.

May 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(3) Anne Caroline Drake says:

Last night I read a speech Shirley Chisholm made in 1970 during which she lamented the lack of women in powerful government positions.

This pool of potential nominees to the Supremes brings me joy. I’d like to see Sandra Day O’Connor come back, but that’s not going to happen.

May 6, 2009 at 2:17 am
(4) Samarrah says:

To the comment made by Bill; I would like to hear more on why the position must be appointed to a woman? If you care to elaborate.

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