The Washington Post looks at conservative activists ready to fight Obama's pick. "The goal, they say, is to fire up supporters and shake up the debate in the Democratic-controlled Senate, in part as preparation for other court fights to come. "
Sen. Orrin hatch is no fan of Sotomayor. "Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday that Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past statement that the 'court of appeals is where policy is made' would be a problem for her if she were nominated for the Supreme Court," Politico reports.
Great Scott: The CBC is pressing for Obama to seat Rep. Bobby Scott. He "got his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his law degree from Boston College in 1973 and returned to his home of Newport News to practice law. He practiced until he ran for Congress and won in 1992. He is known as an ardent civil libertarian, having opposed the Patriot Act and efforts to allow states to display the Ten Commandments in schools or government buildings. He was one of three members to oppose condemnation of a federal court decision declaring unconstitutional the words 'One Nation Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance."
First Read's Speculation List
The Short list:
-- Johnnie Rawlinson (9th Circuit Court of Appeals, African American woman). Univ. of the Pacific, McGeorge, J.D., 1979
-- Leah Ward Sears, (chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, African American woman). Emory JD, 1980; Univ. of Virginia, LL.M, 1995
-- Sonia Sotomayor (2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Hispanic woman), Yale JD, 1979
-- Kim McLane Wardlaw, 9th Circuit, Hispanic woman), UCLA JD, 1979
-- Diane Wood, (7th Circuit, woman, knows Obama from her time teaching at the University of Chicago), Univ. Texas JD, 1975
-- Jennifer Granholm (Michigan governor, woman), Harvard, JD, 1987
-- Merrick Garland (U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit), Harvard JD (magna cum laude), 1977 (considered by some to be the Democratic version of John Roberts)
-- Deval Patrick (Massachusetts governor, African American, Obama friend) Harvard JD, 1982
-- Cass Sunstein (University of Chicago law professor, Obama friend), Harvard JD, 1978, magna cum laude
Others on the radar:
-- Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Harvard J.D., 1980
-- Judge Ruben Castillo (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois), Northwestern JD, 1979
-- U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan (a former Harvard University law professor), Harvard J.D., 1986
-- Pam Karlan (professor at Stanford Law School), JD, Yale Law School, 1984
-- Judge Margaret McKeown (9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco), Georgetown JD, 1975
-- Kathleen Sullivan (former dean of Stanford Law School), Harvard JD, 1981
-- Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard J.D., 1978
-- John Echohawk
-- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): (Downside: Republican governor in MN would appoint replacement)
-- Claire McCaskill (D-MO): Dem governor in MO
-- Janet Napolitano: With swine flu, etc, as Homeland Security Secretary not sure Obama would want to pull her off those duties
-- DNC Chair/Gov. Tim Kaine: Harvard law, no judicial experience.
-- Ruth Wedgewood, Johns Hopkins scholar, specializes in international law
-- Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston
-- Patricia Timmons-Goodson, North Carolina Supreme Court justice, former District Court judge, prosecutor. Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
-- Teresa Wynn Roseborough, former deputy assistant attorney general under President Clinton. Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill 1986 where she edited the law review.
-- Virginia Seitz, argued before SCOTUS, earned degree from Duke.
-- Judge Nicholas Garaufis, Eastern District of New York
-- Rep. Bobby Scott, congressman being pushed by the Congressional Black Caucus, Boston College J.D., 1973 (Harvard undergrad).