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Maybe Obama should pick a white guy for the Supreme Court

On the subject of President Obama’s Supreme Court choice, maybe, as a matter of political strategy, this is the moment for him to pick a white guy.

The conventional wisdom is that if the picks a woman for the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, he would not face pressure to name another woman the next time around -- even if the next justice to retire is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Retirements can never be predicted until they happen, but at 77 Ginsburg is the next oldest justice to Stevens, who’s 90 today.

But think about it. Adding another woman to the high court -- Solicitor General Elena Kagan? Federal appeals court Judge Diane Wood? -- would make three female justices out of nine. Not parity, but much closer to a comfortable minority. (The Supreme Court of Canada, by contrast, has four out of nine female justices, including the chief justice. Plus they wear nifty red robes with fur trim.)

So if Ginsburg retires, would the president really move backwards from three women on the court to two? Maybe, but he’d be under pressure from women’s groups not to.

By Ruth Marcus  | April 20, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
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So pick a woman because she's a woman? A little sexist, petty and lacking any intellectual justification, eh?

Posted by: member8 | April 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I think he should just keep picking women. Every single time. The men have had their turn for the last two hundred years and if they don't like more women coming in, too stinking bad.

Posted by: Akinoluna | April 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And no, he shouldn't pick them just because they are women. There are plenty of qualified ones.

Posted by: Akinoluna | April 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How about eliminating life time judgeship's? 15 years for SCOTUS and 7 years for the rest.
No more political activists on any court.

Posted by: knjincvc | April 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

there is no way he can pick a white man!
come on girl,
be real!!!

what about the transgendered?

what about the GLAD?

you sound like that raxist bush!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 20, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am a white guy... but please no more white guys! We have screwed up enough stuff! Let's continue to diversify and get some alternative thinking for the future...

Posted by: mestory | April 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

He should pick a Marxist muslim Kenyan who has an angry spouse. After all we have one as president.

Posted by: MillionSix | April 20, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Why not a black guy. I believe there are plenty of white guys on the court.

Posted by: rhondawinchester | April 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

No problem with a woman appointee. As long as she's HOT.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | April 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I really dislike even the title of this opinion piece. Of course it would be nice if the court is more representational of our country and why shouldn't there be just as many good female candidates for the court as males, but if the most exceptional candidate is a male, this is the right person for the job.
All things being equal, pick a female.
Better yet, clone Justice Stevens and let his clone serve.

Posted by: TERI48 | April 20, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

to all,

how about a AmerIndian FEMALE? - we have numerous well-qualified/enrolled members of the 300+ Native Nations.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 20, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse



President Obama has been cleverly trained in the Alinsky method and it would be very important that every American knows what that method is. It is a socialistic, marxist teaching and with it, little by little, he rapes this nation --- taking down our defenses, making new language for the Islamic extremists.

The world, who looked up to us as a symbol of hope and prosperity, now wonders what will become of the entire world if America is losing its power. The American people who understand exactly what is taking place have come together in the thousands, vowing to try to stay together as a unit of love and freedom for all men and women, from all walks of life, shivering to think that this once great nation will be a third-world country.

This will be the first president to ever weaken the United States of America.

President Obama uses his aggression and arrogance for his own agenda against the will of the American people when he should be using his will and aggression against our enemies. GOD HELP US ALL!

Posted by: brown301944 | April 21, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse


Among your delusions is your belief that
millions of Americans share your belief.

they don't - the racist few do not rule the broadminded many... anywhere, anytime.

Posted by: dutchess2 | April 21, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who he chooses. If Obama dug up Ronald Reagan and chose hime for the court the republicans would fillibuster it.

The choice doesn't matter at all the republicans just want to fillbuster whoever it is as part of there ongoing efforts to obstruct the operations of the United States government. Republican hatred of teh President outweighs anything and everything else.

Posted by: orange3 | April 21, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

orange3; all,

actually, the "progressives" are getting back just what they deserve for their NASTY/ hate-FILLED/MEAN-spirited/false attacks on GWB & every other moderate to conservative political figure.

were the DIMocRATS/LIBs DUMB enough to think that moderates & conservatives of the USA would "just sit quietly" & simply allow the extremists/blowhards/wierdos/tax cheats/LEFTISTS/common criminals, that BHO brought to Washington, to do whatever they wished against the desires of the majority of Americans?

the USA is (and will remain) a center-right republic, despite the attempts of "the hard left" to make it as "Euro-style socialist regime".

in point of fact, we moderates/conservatives of the Tea Party movement will defeat the DIMs in this coming election in Nov (by a landslide), taking back BOTH houses of Congress, & finish the job of defeating BHO & his claque of DIMs in 2012.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Reading some of these comments is what is truly wrong with American politics today. First Obama can not be blamed for every problem we have today. Many of these started in 2000. It may be hard to believe, but Clinton left a budget surplus and a world that respected us. The nominee for the Supreme Court should be the most qualified person willing to serve, black, white, asian or hispanic, man or woman. We focus too much on this. The court is appointed for life so that they are not subject to the opinioned winds of a fickled public.

Posted by: MikePetrucci | April 21, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

President Obama uses his aggression and arrogance for his own agenda against the will of the American people when he should be using his will and aggression against our enemies. GOD HELP US ALL!

Posted by: brown301944 | April 21, 2010 12:10 AM

Exhibit A for xenophobia. This is the mentality that has created enemies in the first place and has bankrupted the nation ethically, morally, and fiscally.

Posted by: edwcorey | April 21, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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