Today's issue of The Recorder contains two articles on potential Supreme Court nominees -- one for Bush, one for Kerry.
The Bush picks are largely unsurprising (Luttig, Wilkinson and Gonzales have been on everyone's short list for years). The author (a San Francisco IP lawyer -- not sure how he's qualified to predict things like this -- but then again, who am I?) also mentions two Bush Justice Department officials, former SG Ted Olson and former Deputy AG Larry Thompson as possible nominees. Both are interesting picks, but Olson, after barely sneaking by the Senate before, and Thompson, a Thomas-like conservative black lawyer, may face harsh confirmation battles.
The Kerry picks are a bit more interesting. Judges Tatel and Sotomayor, and former SG Drew Days, have all been mentioned before. But the last two -- California Chief Justice Ronald George (a Republican) and former Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan (a relative unknown in legal and political circles) -- seem to come from left field. Given the fact that nominees often come out of nowhere to surprise a lot of people, however, these authors (appellate attorneys from California) might be on to something.