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White House Floats Diverse List for Court

Publication Date: 
April 13, 2010
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online
Author: 
Laura Meckler

Lecturer Thomas Goldstein is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on President Obama's strategy for nominating the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Laura Meckler filed this story:

The White House said Monday it was considering a diverse list of about 10 candidates for the Supreme Court, including at least one Westerner, a former state court judge, two politicians and several women.

The list was part politics, as the White House sought to show it was casting a broad net.

"The process itself is a signal about the things that they value," said Tom Goldstein, a Washington lawyer who oversees a widely read Supreme Court blog. "There are three or four very serious people and other dark-horse candidates who are being discussed in part because they have a constituency."

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Mr. Goldstein said the White House was sending a signal by not floating the names of any of the most liberal potential candidates. "They don't want to give red meat to the other side," he said.Mr. Goldstein said the White House was sending a signal by not floating the names of any of the most liberal potential candidates. "They don't want to give red meat to the other side," he said.Mr. Goldstein said the White House was sending a signal by not floating the names of any of the most liberal potential candidates. "They don't want to give red meat to the other side," he said.