Gerry Canavan

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Supreme Court Vacancy Roundup

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Supreme Court vacancy roundup.

* Unexpected procedural quicksand in the Senate Judiciary Committee could make it harder to get a nominee through now than if Arlen Specter hadn’t switched parties.

* Conservatives have had their eye on top contender Sonia Sotomayor for some time.

* Primary flashback: Obama on his ideal nominee.

* “White men need not apply.” Yeah! When will we get our turn?

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May 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Souter Steps Down

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MSNBC reporting now that David Souter is stepping down from the Supreme Court. Holy smokes. What a week.

UPDATE: Discussion threads at Daily Kos (1, 2), Talking Points Memo, MetaFilter, MyDD, Politco. My commentary is limited entirely to silly quips on Twitter at the moment, but I sincerely hope Obama recognizes that Supreme Court appointments are not a time to play it safe. 60 senators (hey Arlen), height of his popularity—time to go nuts.

More tomorrow.

UPDATE 2: Already seeing a lot of buzz around Sonia Sotomayor.

UPDATE 3: More names from SCOTUSblog: “The three obvious candidates are Elena Kagan (SG), Sonia Sotomayor (CA2), and Diane Wood (CA7). The sleeper candidate is Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.”

UPDATE 4: Wikipedia is on the case.

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May 1, 2009 at 1:57 am