Some Non-Clues as to Whom He Might Pick

A summary of Obama’s thoughts from his teaching, and other experience, as to whom he thinks would be a good Supreme Court Justice.  Pretty refreshing stuff, actually.

The NYTimes report here.

Before I saw this photo, I was not aware that Obama was left handed.  Hmmm…

iggy donnelly


Filed under Obama, Thinking/Considering, U. S. Supreme Court, Uncategorized

12 responses to “Some Non-Clues as to Whom He Might Pick

  1. Bad Biker

    “Before I saw this photo, I was not aware that Obama was left handed. Hmmm…”

    Of course he is left handed, Iggy. He is the most far left, liberal, socialist, fascist, President in the history of the World.

    He would HAVE to be left handed.


    Left handed Presidents since 1929……

    Bush I

    BTW: McCain was left handed, also.

    • iggydonnelly

      Ross Perot was also left handed. If I am not mistaken the debate amongst Clinton, Bush I, and Perot was the only presidential debate where three lefties debated.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    I am not crazy how the executive and legislative are so partisan driven but I object that the SCOTUS would be. There should be a valid concept for the reason for the statue of justice is wearing a blindfold.
    The sole stated reason for the SCOTUS is to decide if a law or a conviction is Constitutional.
    It can not be a easy job as at times there is a million miles between justice and the law.

    It is not guns or politicians that makes a civil society it is the law. In order for a civil society to last and work correctly is must be blind to partisanship and emotional minutes of opinions.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    He-he I am left handed too! We are in our right mind! We rule you in feral right hand-er’s be afraid be very afraid! The down side is we do not make very good Moslems, we do everything with the same hand which means we eat and wipe our… Well it means we do not make very good Moslems anyway.

  4. lilacluvr

    Obama has his first great opportunity to change the Supreme Court. Maybe not a dramatic change in the short-term because Souter is considered to be liberal.

    But I heard some talking heads discussing this and their view was that if Obama picks someone younger, then that person will be able to shape the future of the Court for many, many years. They were also talking that if Obama gets in for a second term, he will likely get more chances to fill vacancies on the Court.

    Personally, I would like to see him appoint a woman.

    Obama is an intelligent man and politically savvy. I’m sure he will take his time and see what is best for the country.

  5. I agree with you Lilac about the woman. We are about half the population and a woman’s perspective should be represented by more than one out of nine! If it happens that the most qualified person who should be nominated at this point in time is a Caucasian male, I won’t quibble as I feel very confident even if he serves only one term as president that Obama will have the opportunity for additional nominees.

  6. One gets Clarence Thomas when SCOTUS appointments are made to meet a perceived demographic “need”. I know fnord made this point more elegantly than I.

    To me gender, ethnicity, etc. should only be a factor in case of a tie based on merit. SCOTUS should be a meritocracy, and only that. If the Court is made up of nine black women, e.g., so be it, as long as these Justices are the most highly qualified individuals out there to be appointed and serve.

  7. lilacluvr

    Good to see you today 6176 – you make a valid point, as always.

    But, personally, I would like to see another woman on the Court – but I’d be happy to see a green man with purple polka dots if we can get back to the original purpose of the Supreme Court, which is their part of the checks and balances in our government.

    I think we have lost sight of the true purpose of the Court since Social Conservatives have taken over the control of the GOP. And then they are only interested in overturning Roe vs Wade.

  8. lilacluvr

    BTW – And the woman judge thing is only my personal preference – I don’t expect anyone to agree or disagree with me – just me stating a personal preference.

  9. Bad Biker

    Woman Judge on the SCOTUS?

    Hell, yes. Sandra Day O’Conner confounded the conservatives with many of her ruling, when they thought that they had a dyed in the wool con on their side.

    I hope that Obama picks a centrist woman for the post, one that is young and can be counted on to make reasonable decisions for 30 years.

    We don’t need an ideologue – we need someone that won’t let their own religious leanings (Scalia) overrule the rule of law.

  10. Zippy

    I agree with 6, of course. But I think plenty of ties can be found in the lower courts and, as the lifetime holder of a particular appendage, I nonethless would have no problem if Obama picked a woman, and African-American, a Jew, an Italian, a spotted owl (oops–starting slipping into a joke–sorry!), whatever. A Jewish, Italian African-American woman be great (and if she was gay to boot, hell yeah!).

    But she has to have the mettle, like anyone else.

  11. Zippy

    P.S. Thank you, Iggy. Exceptional article, and quite relevant to a recent debate about “legislating from the bench” I saw on another blog.

    It’s may be arrogant pomposity on my part, but I get the feeling that I’m starting to really understand the way this guy (Obama) thinks. This is a good thing.

    Sorry, I have to digest it for a while before I elaborate. More later. . . .