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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:31 PM
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Obama interviews Diane Wood for Supreme Court
Source: Associated Press


Judge Diane Pamela Wood, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 31, 1995
59 Years Old
J.D. University of Texas School of Law
Protestant


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama interviewed federal judge Diane Wood of Chicago on Tuesday for an opening on the Supreme Court, the fourth candidate known to have had face-to-face talks with the president, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

Wood met with Obama in the Oval Office and also interviewed separately with Vice President Joe Biden. The source familiar with those sessions spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the privacy of Obama's deliberations.

The president appears to be homing in on a decision. He has done sit-down interviews in recent days with at least three other finalists: Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appeals court judges Merrick Garland, who serves in the District of Columbia, and Sidney Thomas, who is based in Montana.

Tuesday also marked 25 days since Justice John Paul Stevens announced his plans to retire from the court this summer. By comparison, that is exactly the period of time Obama took last year in evaluating candidates before nominating Sonia Sotomayor to succeed Justice David Souter, who also retired.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100504/ap_on_go_su_co/us_o...



Thanks to Tx4obama for the heads up.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:33 PM
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1. Like her. Too old. nt
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:36 PM
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2. I agree she would be great but we can surely can find someone in their 40s early 50s
However, if she is healthy she might be there longer than Kagan.
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:38 PM
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3. Although Ginsburg was sworn in at 60 and has been there for 16 years, 8 months, 26 days
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:41 PM
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4. Yeah, but Thomas and Roberts were darned young when appointed. nt
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:44 PM
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6. Very true Thomas was 43 and Roberts 50 and I don't think Thomas is close to retiring
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nyy1998 Donating Member (984 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 09:54 PM
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16. Hate to say it, but we might be lucky if we get another
couple of years out of Ginsburg
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 11:06 PM
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22. um 59 is not old
wtf
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:42 PM
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5. 59 years old is too old for a woman to be a Supreme Ct. Justice?
since when GUYS?

:kick:
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:45 PM
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7. Since I created this:
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:49 PM
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8. Women live longer than men, generally. We just don't know...nt
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:50 PM
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9. That's true, limited data on that
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 08:03 PM
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12. It's got nothing to do with gender
A 60 year old male appointee would be a bad choice for the same reason.

And that reason is - Opie Roberts is going to be the most fucking ridiculously unqualified "Chief Justice" of the Supreme Court for decades, and his sidekick Sammy the Fish will be there right along with him. We need some Justices on that court who can hold out that long. Counting on someone who's 60 now to last 30 years or more isn't all that likely.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 10:39 PM
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20. Since Republicans started appointing folks under 50. nt
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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:53 PM
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10. Hook 'em
;)
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 07:54 PM
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11. I hope that one of the deciding factors is NOT that she's a Protestant
There have been quite a few articles around lately regarding that there will be no Protestant on the Court after Stevens retires.

And I agree with the others up above that Wood is too old.
The strategy needs to be to pick someone 55 years old or younger ;)

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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 08:23 PM
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13. 41 would be nice
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 09:25 PM
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14. This gal is brilliant though imo
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whereaminow Donating Member (109 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 09:26 PM
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15. It's all about age??? Gee, and not a word about case history...
Priorities people... Even if her time is brief, it could be very productive.. Personally I will defer judgment until I've seen what she's done. If it's all good, then let's enjoy the time we have, instead of lamenting what we might not..
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 10:03 PM
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17. agree +1,000,000 !!
100% with you btw. Welcome to the DU!!

:dem:

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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 10:26 PM
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19. I think I'd like her more than candidates like Kagan and Garland
Edited on Tue May-04-10 10:26 PM by mvd
Yes she's older, but lifestyle means a lot. You see many kinds of life expectancy gaps narrow if you can live a healthy lifestyle, plus add years. More important than age is if she can balance out this RW court.
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seabeckind Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 10:09 PM
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18. My ideal justice would be
Edited on Tue May-04-10 10:12 PM by seabeckind
someone like Whoopi Goldberg. A real bleeding heart in-your-face fucking super liberal. One who would tell Roberts, Scalito, and Thomas to kiss her ass.

Far as I'm concerned well past due.
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mr_liberal Donating Member (246 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-10 11:01 PM
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21. Her age is a bit of a negative, but
if she could help create majorities (persuade Kennedy) for the next 20 years thats more important. Thats probably expecting too much though.

Even with her age I don't see anyone much better, on his short list. Kagan is younger and has potential to be a leader but I don't trust her on the 1st Amend (free speech).
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