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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:48 AM

Who would you like to see as the president's next Supreme Court nominee?

We don't know when it's going to come, but it will.

So who would you like to see chosen?







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Reply Who would you like to see as the president's next Supreme Court nominee? (Original post)
napkinz Nov 2012 OP
lapislzi Nov 2012 #1
Autumn Colors Nov 2012 #3
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #9
Autumn Colors Nov 2012 #16
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Nov 2012 #21
JoePhilly Nov 2012 #2
napkinz Nov 2012 #6
GoneOffShore Nov 2012 #11
fredamae Nov 2012 #19
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #26
fredamae Nov 2012 #41
napkinz Nov 2012 #42
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #48
trof Nov 2012 #23
jwirr Nov 2012 #50
JoePhilly Nov 2012 #53
BootinUp Nov 2012 #4
Tutonic Nov 2012 #5
napkinz Nov 2012 #8
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #13
Myrina Nov 2012 #7
ananda Nov 2012 #12
TheMightyFavog Nov 2012 #30
Myrina Nov 2012 #59
jerseygal Nov 2012 #10
hifiguy Nov 2012 #38
Tennessee Gal Nov 2012 #14
sinkingfeeling Nov 2012 #15
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #17
aint_no_life_nowhere Nov 2012 #24
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #36
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Nov 2012 #25
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #37
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Nov 2012 #44
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #62
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #64
hifiguy Nov 2012 #56
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #60
Scuba Nov 2012 #18
MinM Nov 2012 #20
Ganja Ninja Nov 2012 #28
JustAnotherGen Nov 2012 #22
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #39
JustAnotherGen Nov 2012 #57
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #27
Progressive dog Nov 2012 #29
agentS Nov 2012 #31
LaydeeBug Nov 2012 #32
OmahaBlueDog Nov 2012 #47
Waiting For Everyman Nov 2012 #33
pscot Nov 2012 #34
hifiguy Nov 2012 #40
Marrah_G Nov 2012 #35
hughee99 Nov 2012 #45
quinnox Nov 2012 #43
Whisp Nov 2012 #52
Retrograde Nov 2012 #46
calimary Nov 2012 #49
bemildred Nov 2012 #63
Bake Nov 2012 #51
white_wolf Nov 2012 #54
retread Nov 2012 #55
librechik Nov 2012 #58
napkinz Nov 2012 #61
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #65

Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:50 AM

1. Eliot Spitzer n/t

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Response to lapislzi (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:52 AM

3. +1 (nt)

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Response to Autumn Colors (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:59 AM

9. Near zero chance of happening/being confirmed. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:09 AM

16. I agree that it'll never really happen, just wish it could (nt)

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:21 AM

21. Unless Reid changes filibuster rules, right?

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:51 AM

2. Hillary and the Big Dog. That would drive the GOP insane.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:54 AM

6. If Elizabeth Warren had lost, I would have picked her

I'm glad she won her senate seat.

But I was thinking, Bill Clinton as my second choice.

(Wouldn't that be something ... if in 2016 we had Hillary as president and Bill on the Supreme Court.)



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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:03 AM

11. Yes to this - Hadn't thought about Bill

Definitely thought about Hilary though. Though the problem of having a family on the court could raise some issues.

And I think Hilary would be the better choice. Appoint Bill to be the "Explainer in Chief".

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:20 AM

19. In Dreams: Clinton/Warren potus 2016

Bernie Sanders for SCOTUS
Bill as Secy of State

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Response to fredamae (Reply #19)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:28 AM

26. the u.s. would not elect an all female ticket...

 

especially when one is as old as hillary will be in 2016.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:01 PM

41. Sady-I agree..It was "In Dreams" :) n/t

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #26)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:02 PM

42. Really?

First, why do you think America is not ready for an all female ticket?

Second, I think Reagan was 70 when he won in 1980. Hillary would be 69 in 2016. And women live longer.


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Response to napkinz (Reply #42)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:46 PM

48. really.

 

it's not necessarily about an exact age- unfortunately, in the u.s. it's more about appearance, and Hillary is already looking fairly haggard.

as to why that is... i don't know why so many would have voted for rmoney , either- but the answer is probably the same for both of them.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:22 AM

23. I second Bill Clinton.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:49 PM

50. That is who I first thought of also. However we need to remember we want these appointees to

live forever.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #50)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:29 PM

53. Very true ... I wonder if Chelsea would be available for a life time appointment?

THAT would cause RW heads to explode for sure.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:53 AM

4. How about a non-Right Winger, non-Libertarian?

Yeah!

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:54 AM

5. Judge Judy.

Sorry, I couldn't resist that one.

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Response to Tutonic (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 AM

8. well then, if he gets a second opening, it would have to be

Jerry Springer!















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Response to napkinz (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:07 AM

13. Yep. Jerry Springer is an attorney, too! eom

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 AM

7. Elliot Spitzer or Russ Feingold

Hillary -or Bill - Clinton would be great too!

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Response to Myrina (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:04 AM

12. Oh yeah! Russ Feingold!

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Response to ananda (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:34 AM

30. NOT RUSS.

We need him to run against Scott Walker in 2014!

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Response to TheMightyFavog (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:28 PM

59. I'd love for that to happen, however ...

... I think until his pet project of Campaign Finance Reform is firmly back in charge & Citizens United is gone, dear Mr. Feingold doesn't want to play the campaigning/fundraising game.

Let's get him on SCOTUS where he can help make things right!!

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:02 AM

10. Harold Koh or Goodwin Liu

Making the Supreme Court look like the rest of America.

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Response to jerseygal (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:54 AM

38. Second. Both would be excellent choices.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:08 AM

14. Sheldon Whitehouse. nt

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:08 AM

15. Bill C.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:13 AM

17. CA's Attorney General, Kamala Harris.

Young. Female. African-American/Asian American. Super smart. A staunch consumer advocate.

She would be PERFECT as U.S. Supreme Court Justice.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:23 AM

24. Good choice, but I also think the charismatic lady is California's next Governor if she wants it

She would probably make a good politician with her people skills. But she's young and that's important in a Justice.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #24)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 AM

36. She would be perfect to replace the not-so-liberal-anymore Jerry Brown.

Case in point: AG Harris had worked tirelessly to get CA the most amount of dollars in the mortgage settlement, but had to watch as Gov. Brown used the $415+ billion to plug the budget deficit hole instead - very much to her angry disagreement.

Currently, according to Stephanie Miller, the Republicans have lost seats in our legislature and come January they will be completely powerless. They won't be able to filibuster bills like OneCare (medicare for all, California style) or block the effort to finally tax oil companies that are extracting CA oil from CA coasts and lands (we're the only oil state that doesn't assess taxes on oil companies, and its costing us $7 billion a year in revenue!), and stop giving tax breaks to corporations that are here but send their jobs outside of our borders. I'm watching closely if he'll make any move toward those very progressive, pro-CA policies.

Currently, all I see Brown doing is tax CA residents more and more. That's why I voted against Prop 30 that would raise taxes on Californians to fund schools. Why do we Californians, who are already so overtaxed, have to pay more out of our pay check while he could easily get the revenue he needs for schools by working toward policies addressing the above?

Still, I would love to see her as SCOTUS justice because she's only 48 (2 years younger than I) and she could serve for a long, long time, countering Roberts' and the Cons' influence.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:27 AM

25. Looks good to me. Otherwise Hillary.

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Response to WhaTHellsgoingonhere (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:50 AM

37. I LOVE Hillary, but fact of the matter is, she's already up there in age.

We need a younger justice to remain LONG after we get rid of Scalia and Kennedy in order to stop the Con agenda from being automatically stamped for approval by this ultra-conservative court.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #37)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:09 PM

44. Ah, right. I'm for a young African-American female...

...I'm sure there are several out there that I've never heard of.

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Response to WhaTHellsgoingonhere (Reply #44)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:52 AM

62. +1

The court needs that I think. A Democratic African American instead of Thomas.

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #62)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:08 PM

64. Besides, it's about time Thomas gets an African American that will

challenge his skewered views. Someone to go head on with him on issues pertaining to African Americans.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:07 PM

56. Ms. Harris has an unmistakeable "Future Governor of CA"

look about her.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #56)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:49 PM

60. If tapped by the president

to put herself forward as an U.S. Supreme Court Justice with a lifetime position, or be governor of CA with term limits, I believe she'll go for the lifetime position where she can wield REAL power.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 AM

18. Michael Moore. He has as good a grip on the concept of "justice" as anyone.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:20 AM

20. Jennifer Granholm

It'll never happen now that she's such a partisan presence (even though she was a moderate as Michigan's Gov). She was a very good attorney general.

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Response to MinM (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:30 AM

28. She could be there for a long time too.

A great choice.

A lot of people say 'No way too partisan" but the GOP will say that no matter who they nominate.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:22 AM

22. I don't know

But I hope sometime after 2017 we have a Constitutional Law Professor who has served as Commander in Chief in in that role . . . He's going to be a VERY young man in terms of SCOTUS tenure when he leaves office.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:55 AM

39. That would be a wonderful idea!

But then again, his powerful campaign strategy could be put to use getting more Democratic presidents, senators, and Representatives elected in the coming years because I'm pretty darn sure now that he's won re-election, Kennedy and Scalia are going to sit tight in their seats until a Republican president is in the WH even though they're already "up there" (both are 76 years old).

Look what Rehnquist did. He had to croak in order to get off his bench as he struggled with his health while waiting for a Con in the WH to replace him. Lucky for him (not so much for the country), the GOP stole both elections to facilitate that with Duhbya Bush.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #39)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:21 PM

57. This is probably rotten

But what's the average life span of a white American male? Especially when their heart was bitter and dark from the day they were born?

Ooops! No filter! I did it again!

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:29 AM

27. Hillary.

 

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:32 AM

29. Kamala Harris or someone like her

Young is important on the court where appointments are for life. Female is important to give gender balance to the court.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:36 AM

31. Rachel Maddow or Melissa Harris-Perry

That's whom I would LIKE to see. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

Failing that, maybe we could promote someone from the 9th Circuit. They tend to make good decisions.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:38 AM

32. Diane Wood. nt

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Response to LaydeeBug (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:22 PM

47. ^^ This one

Two reasons:

1) She's in the same basic age range as Kagan and Sotomayor, and was a Cliton appointee.
2) She's NOT an ivy league grad -- it's time for some non-ILers to get onto the court.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:43 AM

33. William K. Black, the bank fraud expert.

He's 61 (i.e., young enough) and good at coming down on corruption. We need that.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:00 AM

34. Someone under 50 years of age

Bader-Ginsberg's seat will likely go to someone Jewish.

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Response to pscot (Reply #34)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:55 AM

40. Not necessarily.

IIRC, Justice Breyer is also Jewish and Justice Kagan definitely is.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:26 AM

35. Someone we have yet to hear from

Someone who has excelled in the field of law and is admired by their peers for their wisdom.

That is who I want to see.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:11 PM

45. +1

I don't think the SC appointments should be given to career politicians, and certainly don't want a justice being seated with an agenda and/or axe to grind.

Several people have mentioned Bill and Hillary. I don't think either would stand a chance getting Senate confirmation.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:06 PM

43. Whoever Obama picks

 

I trust my president. I wouldn't presume to offer a choice.

Sorry, there is usually at least one of these kinds of replies in threads like this, so wanted to get it out of the way.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #43)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:31 PM

52. not sure if you were snarking...

 

but that answer is the correct one.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:17 PM

46. Someone who didn't attend Harvard/Yale/Columbia

A little more variety in educational backgrounds would be nice - I hear U. of Chicago used to have a decent constitutional law teacher Someone who practices west of the Hudson would be nice as well. Kamala Harris would be an interesting choice, but as she comes from liberal San Francisco it would be a hard confirmation hearing.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:47 PM

49. Goodwin Liu.

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Response to calimary (Reply #49)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:59 AM

63. +1. That's the guy. nt

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:27 PM

51. Well, I'm - ahem - available!

And I didn't go to an Ivy League law school ... but I'm smart, tough, and I'd be damn good! And Mrs. Bake says I'm brilliant.

Just sayin' ... I could send the Prez a resume ...



Bake

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:33 PM

54. Too bad John Rawls is dead.

I'll settle for someone who has been heavily influenced by Rawls.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:43 PM

55. Leah Ward Sears.

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:29 PM

58. Gary Hart

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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:50 AM

61. kick

nt





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Response to napkinz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:12 PM

65. i need to do more research into this

last time i wanted Diane Woods, but got Sotomayor which is not a bad choice either. Will be looking for more names to throw into the hat.

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