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Commentary: A History Lesson On Supreme Court Appointments

Publication Date: 
June 03, 2009
Source: 
Forbes
Author: 
Christopher L. Eisgruber

Professor Pamela S. Karlan is mentioned in Forbes in an article illuminating historic choices in the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice comparing them to current nominee Sonia Sotomayor:

... [D]espite the din from right-wing interest groups, senators will likely regard Judge Sotomayor as an ideological moderate. Had President Obama wanted to appoint an outspoken liberal, he might have selected an academic like the brilliant public scholar Pam Karlan, a professor at the Stanford Law School. History suggests that Obama would have won the confirmation battle, but the vote might have been sharply contested. Instead, Obama chose an experienced judge first appointed to the bench by a Republican president, George H. W. Bush.