I’ve gotta agree with Ezra on this one. I have no idea why Janet Napolitano is being considered for a seat on the Supreme Court. She’s not young, she doesn’t have a great legal mind and she’s not particularly liberal. On top of all that, she doesn’t provide the same opprotunities to “double dip” in the diversity category nor does she have a distinguished legal career. By all of the established liberal criteria, she’s the worst of all the candidates currently being mentioned.
Like I’ve said, I still need to do deeper research into each of the short list candidates, but I’m very dishearted from what I’ve read thus far. This isn’t to say that if nominated any of these candidates would be a bad Supreme Court Justice, but you can’t help but feel that Obama is blowing a huge opprotunity. (Think of it as taking a walk with the bases loaded when you could’ve hit a grand slam.)
Promoting diversity on the court is a very important goal. But its only part of the puzzle. A young and vibrant court justice with a great legal mind would do much more to advance the rights of women and minorities, even if its a white male. But…and this is a VERY important but, Obama’s inability to select a great group of candidates should not be considered an argument against promoting diversity on the court. There are plenty of women and minorities candidates that would be home runs. It just appears that they’re not on Obama’s list.