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Question Of The Weekend, Answered

Publication Date: 
April 12, 2010
Source: 
The Atlantic
Author: 
Chris Good

Professor Pamela Karlan and Kathleen Sullivan are mentioned in this editorial piece from The Atlantic on why nominating a liberal would be politically advantageous:

Reader NoahJPinto makes the case, in response to our Question of the Weekend, for President Obama to pick a fight with Republicans over his next Supreme Court nominee. Conventional wisdom says he won't, but NoahJPinto writes that nominating a liberal would be politically advantageous:

The Republicans are going to make a stink out of anyone he nominates - they are going to be trashed as liberal and out of the mainstream, etc. He might as well actually get someone liberal rather than some milquetoast centrist that will pull the court further to the right and still be tarnished as a left winger.

I say let the Republicans fight. I know the legislative agenda for the rest of the year is packed, but are Republicans really going to want to stand in the way of financial regulatory reform and jobs bills? And even if Obama appointed a 'confirmable' nominee, does anybody think we're actually going to see a cap and trade or immigration bill passed this year?

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Harold Koh, Gordon Liu, Diane Wood, Pam Karlan, and Kathleen Sullivan would be good choices.

The court is 7-2 male...Wood, Karlan and Sullivan would add more needed gender diversity.