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GOP Looks Beyond Court Pick

Publication Date: 
April 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times
James Oliphant

Professor Pamela Karlan is mentioned in the LA Times as a potential nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. James Oliphant reports:

Reporting from Washington — Like President Obama, Senate Republicans are facing a crucial decision regarding the next nominee for the Supreme Court. No one expects the GOP to simply rubber-stamp Obama's nominee, but the degree of its response could have implications in the November midterm elections and beyond.

This time, Republicans have a weapon they lacked last year when Sonia Sotomayor was tapped for the court. They have enough votes to conceivably mount a filibuster and block the nominee outright. But they'll have to decide whether to use that weapon now or wait until the Supreme Court stakes may even be higher.


A more moderate pick, such as federal appellate Judge Merrick Garland, a former prosecutor from Washington, could defuse a potential powder keg before it's lit. A more left-tilting one, such as law professor Pamela Karlan of Stanford University or Diane Wood, a federal appeals court judge in Chicago, could detonate it.