Oooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!
As Borked pointed out below, the next president could have the opportunity to appoint at least three Justices to the Supreme Court. I'm not going to link to some of the countless articles and editorials saying the same thing over and over again (there are other sites for that). It is more fun, however, to speculate about who these new Justices would be.
To that end, you can check out a few sites where people have already begun preparing their short lists. This is all, of course, mere speculation (if you happen to have any inside info, please email me or my co-bloggers), but it is still something to do to pass the time until the Chief, Sandy, et al. decide to hang up the robe.
- Next week's issue of Newsweek offers a short piece with all the predictable favorites (Hispanic conservatives, semi-moderate Clinton appointees, etc.).
- The September/October issue of Legal Affairs has an illustrated survey of Supreme Court candidates based on their "stats," as evaluated by two law professors who took a "Moneyball"-style approach to evaluating judicial talent. Interesting, but ultimately not a likely indicator of who will get nominated.
- Here's an old list of potential Bush nominees for the High Court. "Old" as in they don't link to anything past 2002, and because there are some on the list who ended their chances a long time ago.
- More recently, back in April, Washingtonian magazine tried their hand at predicting what a Kerry and Bush Court would look like. They stick to the usual suspects (without realizing that Starr and Tribe have no shot), before completely going off the deep end with a mention of Justice (Hillary) Clinton towards the end.
- For what it's worth, here's what Democratic Senators (and Judiciary Committee members) Schumer (NY) and Leahy (VT) think Bush should do if he gets to nominate a Justice. Oddly, Schumer suggests a colleague of his, Senator Specter (nice name) (R-PA). Should Specter win his bid for re-election (which it appears he will), he is in line to be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which means no matter what happens he will have a big part to play.
- More speculation on possible Bush nominees from three political science professors. With charts!
In reality, Bush or Kerry could decide to pull a nominee completely out of left field. But, as most of these links show, there are some consensus picks on both sides of the aisle. Stay tuned, and if you don't like one or the other of these lists, go VOTE!