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Obama May Get to Appoint Two Supreme Court Judges
Yahoo News ^ | November 6, 2008 | Lucile Malandain Lucile Malandain

Posted on 11/10/2008 7:09:07 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

President-elect Barack Obama may have the rare chance to appoint two judges to the Supreme Court, giving the former law professor an opportunity to make a further lasting mark on American society.

Already observers are weighing in on what Obama could do in the key decision on replacements for the highest court in the land.

"It is quite likely he would choose a woman or a minority," said Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Columbia University in New York.

"If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

Only two women have served on the Supreme Court, and two African-Americans have succeeded one another in the same seat, but never has an judge with a Latino background been appointed.

Hispanics are an ever-growing demographic in the United States, making up 15 percent of the population.

But beyond the race or sex of the candidate, observers are gearing up for appointments of politically progressive judges to the bench to replace the older liberals sitting on it today.

John Paul Stevens, appointed by president Gerald Ford, is 88 years old, and is expected to resign soon.

The nine justices are appointed for life.

Widely considered to be on the liberal side of the court, Stevens' replacement with another liberal would maintain the bench's fragile balance.

Currently four conservatives, four liberals, with the moderate Anthony Kennedy holding the middle ground, compose a balance Obama is expected to sustain.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, appointed by president Bill Clinton, is another liberal lifer also expected to resign within Obama's first term in office.

During Obama's campaign the Democrat hinted at what he expected of his appointees, and certainly could surprise conservative commentators expecting him to name someone more radical to the post.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; baderginsburg; bho2008; bo; ginsberg; judges; obama; scotus; stevens
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1 posted on 11/10/2008 7:09:07 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Bolshevik 1 and Bolshevik 2. God help us.


2 posted on 11/10/2008 7:10:15 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Clintonfatigued
"If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added. I wonder, will the DBM call this pandering?
3 posted on 11/10/2008 7:11:22 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Liberal + Democrat = Socialist)
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To: zendari; Norman Bates; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; neverdem; pissant

As with every adminsitration, there will be two factions in the Obama White House on the judicial appointment issue. One will be confrontationalists, who want to appoint an openly raidcal nominee with Democrat votes alone. On the other, there will be those with a more accomidationalist mode, wanting to appoint a judge who could prolong the Presidential honeymoon and win a mandate vote without stirring up a lot of controversy.


4 posted on 11/10/2008 7:12:35 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Replacing Ginsberg and Stevens with two other lefties won’t change anything. Just a missed opportunity to cement a conservative court for the next two decades or more.


5 posted on 11/10/2008 7:13:03 PM PST by Hugin (GSA! (Goodbye sweet America))
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To: Clintonfatigued

This was not one of the particularly scary aspects of an Obama presidency. The conservative justices that are getting on in years (such as Scalia) will die on the bench before they let Obama name replacements. If Stevens and Ginsburg are replaced, it’s not like the court can get any farther left. They’ll be replaced with clones.

It’s what happens after those two justices retire (or, God forbid, a second term) that scares me.


6 posted on 11/10/2008 7:13:37 PM PST by flintsilver7
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Bolshevik 1 and Bolshevik 2. God help us.

If they replace two other Bolsheviks (Stevens and Ginsburg) the court power balance will remain the same.

7 posted on 11/10/2008 7:13:39 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Clintonfatigued

Anyone is better than Ginsburg. Obamanation can’t go wrong here.


8 posted on 11/10/2008 7:14:55 PM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: Hugin
“If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice,” he added

Never mind qualified. Just get someone who looks a certain way. Why not - the American people did that with this last election. Fools.
9 posted on 11/10/2008 7:15:04 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: Clintonfatigued
"If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

How about a transsexual Aztec?

10 posted on 11/10/2008 7:15:17 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mr. Mojo

....That is if it is not two of the good ones. It may be Stevens and Ginsburg are more likely, but our luck is not that good recently.


11 posted on 11/10/2008 7:15:41 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Clintonfatigued

But let’s see if Republicans have enough Senate votes to filibuster judges.

Is that gang of 14 rule still in effect, that filibusters can only be done in extraordinary circumstances?

Of course Democrats agreed to that when the split was 55 Republican 45 Democrat. Is it 58 Democrats now, including Lieberman and Bernie Sanders? And did Al Franken steal that Minnesota election yet?


12 posted on 11/10/2008 7:15:55 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Hugin
Agreed..............

Unless one of the right leaning judges quits/dies...or becomes incapacitated...nothing is going to change.

13 posted on 11/10/2008 7:15:57 PM PST by Osage Orange (Victims that fight back live longer.....................)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Probably 3 will step down to allow a Lib lifetime replacement. Perhaps 1 more due to health/age.


14 posted on 11/10/2008 7:16:27 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He’ll replace libs with libs.


15 posted on 11/10/2008 7:16:35 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Cicero

With all the agitation about homosexual marriage, I am waiting for the homosexual community to weigh in. Maybe it’s about time a gay justice was on the court, according to their thinking?


16 posted on 11/10/2008 7:17:08 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Republicans play by the rules and vote to confirm if a nominee is qualified.

Democrats whine if the nominee does not pass their ideological litmus tests.


17 posted on 11/10/2008 7:17:09 PM PST by flintsilver7
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To: ABQHispConservative

A cross dressing left-handed lesbian Hispanic/Pacific Islander/Hmong paraplegic Communist of color would be the best of all.


18 posted on 11/10/2008 7:17:15 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (New Tone, My Friend)
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To: Hugin

If Obama picks a young Justice, there is still the wild possibility that Scalia will convert em.


19 posted on 11/10/2008 7:17:58 PM PST by Seven Minute Maniac
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To: Clintonfatigued

Great this makes me feel...no better at all...


20 posted on 11/10/2008 7:18:30 PM PST by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I was actually about to specify handicapped until I saw you threw in paraplegic at the end.


21 posted on 11/10/2008 7:18:31 PM PST by flintsilver7
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To: Clintonfatigued

The worst fears of ours about to become reality. Stevens and Ginsburg were hanging on just for this time. Hopefully that idiot Anthony Kennedy has enough sense to stay on.


22 posted on 11/10/2008 7:18:40 PM PST by MovementConservative (In 4 years GW Bush and the free-spending republicans have almost completely destroyed the GOP.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A minimum of 2, most likely 3.


23 posted on 11/10/2008 7:18:50 PM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Since Obama gets to pick two, why not a married gay judge couple?

It would be historic.


24 posted on 11/10/2008 7:19:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (New Tone, My Friend)
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To: Hugin
Replacing Ginsberg and Stevens with two other lefties won’t change anything. Just a missed opportunity to cement a conservative court for the next two decades or more.

A HUGE missed opportunity.

25 posted on 11/10/2008 7:19:42 PM PST by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Make her blind and you got a deal.


26 posted on 11/10/2008 7:20:19 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (Liberal + Democrat = Socialist)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is Stevens a RINO?

If he is not a Dem, why wouldn’t he retire while Bush was still in office?

Probably a dumb question, but there it is.


27 posted on 11/10/2008 7:21:46 PM PST by IreneE (Live for nothing or die for something.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
>>>>>"It is quite likely he would choose a woman or a minority," "If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice,"

OMG Affirmative action is alive and well.

28 posted on 11/10/2008 7:22:44 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

I would say at least 3, maybe as many as 5.


29 posted on 11/10/2008 7:23:09 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Jeff Chandler

Left out blind, midget, and bipolar.


30 posted on 11/10/2008 7:23:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: IreneE

The court is technically 7R-2D. Stevens is indeed a RINO. Only the 2D’s are Clintoon appointees. Stevens didn’t retire during Dubya’s term because he wanted a leftist replacement that only a moonbat rodent administration could provide.


31 posted on 11/10/2008 7:25:40 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Some say there is already one on the bench- SOuter. I don’t know.


32 posted on 11/10/2008 7:25:49 PM PST by PghBaldy (I shall call him President Little Squirt.)
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To: flintsilver7
(With the greatest respect to all of the minorities I am about to mention...)

How 'bout gettin' us a left-handed, red-headed, one-eyed, stuttering, transvestite-lesbian, Asian, co-joined "little person" with polio and acne for a Supreme?

33 posted on 11/10/2008 7:26:24 PM PST by bannie
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To: Cicero

At least an Hispanic judge would have an excuse for disregarding the constitution-— Its written in ENGLISH!


34 posted on 11/10/2008 7:26:45 PM PST by Seven Minute Maniac
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To: Clintonfatigued
""...certainly could surprise conservative commentators expecting him to name someone more radical to the post."

That'll be taking place right after the swine flyover.

35 posted on 11/10/2008 7:29:19 PM PST by dbwz (01.20.13 - Are we there yet?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

that’s why i did not want a democrat to win the presidency.


36 posted on 11/10/2008 7:30:38 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but why is this not considered racist and sexist?

37 posted on 11/10/2008 7:32:40 PM PST by Gil4
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To: Clintonfatigued
We were warned this would happen.

But some people here said "We don't care about having radicals on the Supreme Court" by staying at home. Thanks to their selfishness, we will all suffer.

They should be the first to suffer under the Obama administration.

38 posted on 11/10/2008 7:34:43 PM PST by walsh
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To: Clintonfatigued
Two appointments?

He'll have the opportunity for two appointments by the end of January, 2009. As soon as he walks into the Oval Office after the inaugural parade, Stevens and Ginsberg will have their retirement announcements on his desk.

39 posted on 11/10/2008 7:35:40 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Graham Harrell for Heisman!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

Hey, Barack... To the best of my knowledge, we've never had a left-handed dwarf as a Supreme Court Justice (physical dwarves, that is, not mental ones, so Souter doesn't count).

Grab your chance to really make history, BO baby, and nominate one of those... Or maybe a conjoined siamese twin pair - that would really be 'change', wouldn't it... Or, or, how about a Hispanic woman?

40 posted on 11/10/2008 7:35:40 PM PST by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: TexasNative2000
Well, if it's Stevens and Ginsberg, no harm no faul.

Lord, please let nothing happen to any of the fab four.

41 posted on 11/10/2008 7:37:03 PM PST by Marathoner (I'm done with the GOP if they throw Sarah under the bus)
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To: Marathoner
Lord, please let nothing happen to any of the fab four.

That's one reason that the SC nominations were not that big of an issue for me in this campaign.

Would I rather have had McCain making the selections than Obama? Sure.

But, the oldest justices are the most liberal. Chances are that any retirements will simply replace one liberal with another.

42 posted on 11/10/2008 7:39:57 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Graham Harrell for Heisman!!)
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To: IreneE
Is Stevens a RINO?

Long past that! Just an open Liberal.

43 posted on 11/10/2008 7:40:52 PM PST by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: Clintonfatigued

1) Boy George
2) Pee Wee Herman

Obama throws a bone to the transgendered community.


44 posted on 11/10/2008 7:42:08 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Wouldn't Ayers much rather live in Cuba? Deport him.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

My take on this from the other day (ahead of the MSM as usual) is here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2128330/posts


45 posted on 11/10/2008 7:43:28 PM PST by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"It is quite likely he would choose a woman or a minority," said Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Columbia University in New York. "If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

Based on their hiring criteria, a gay, black woman, or a transgendered hispanic, or a left-handed, red-headed Asian bisexual would be the perfect choice.

46 posted on 11/10/2008 7:43:36 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
"It is quite likely he would choose a woman or a minority," said Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Columbia University in New York. "If he could find a Hispanic woman, that would be ideal, the best choice," he added.

Based on their hiring criteria, a gay, black woman, or a transgendered hispanic, or a left-handed, red-headed Asian bisexual would be the perfect choice.

47 posted on 11/10/2008 7:43:36 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

I don’t see Boy George getting it- he’s British. I think you have to be an American citizen to be appointed.

Of course, I thought you had to be an American citizen to be President, too, but not if the MSM covers foreign birth up.


48 posted on 11/10/2008 7:44:45 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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So nice I said it twice.

Note to self: wait 45 seconds after clicking to post.


49 posted on 11/10/2008 7:45:06 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: spodefly

You forgot to make him/her handicapped.


50 posted on 11/10/2008 7:45:23 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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