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So who is on the president's short list for the Supreme Court.
Well -- for seem to be standing out as likely candidates are talking about -- is something there.
Alan -- Elena Kagan Diane what in -- on steam.
We target again you kind of -- run down.
Of what it's all about right.
Where did those those are four -- by the way because the list could be twenty plus strong to -- -- for that we have pulled out talking to our legal experts I want to bring in Tim O'Brien he's attorney and award winning journalist who covered the Supreme Court more than twenty years and again Tim you know a lot more about this than we do.
We've pulled those four names out because you know people like Larry -- -- say the odds are that it will be likely a woman and it may very well be a minority woman so it seems like -- suddenly -- would fit into that category true.
Well she certainly would fit into that category if your premise is correct that it's going to be a woman that Obama is committed to selecting a woman I would also include Jennifer grand home the governor of Michigan.
Harvard law graduate -- -- sit down dinner and -- she says no it's not going to -- she's going to remain at the governor of Michigan.
Her term is about to expire I believe.
I think -- at this point it's likely that the Obama may still get other nominations to the court.
While older the gender may be a factor -- race ethnicity may be factors.
The primary factor may be who can stand up to justice Antonin Scalia and Sam Alito.
And John Roberts so powerful intellect.
Conservative in select.
Scalia not only bright but sometimes brash he's going to want somebody who can stand up -- them who knows the law.
And can push back.
-- I was looking at somebody other conservative voting record this is from the University of Chicago study that says of course we know.
That that Clarence Thomas 82 point 2% and you go to Scalia and 75 -- -- we're just talking about him John Roberts -- 75%.
And then there's a little as 74 I was said Jack and Anthony Kennedy 64 then you go down David singer of 37%.
Stephen Breyer 37 John Paul Stevens at 34 and Ginsburg 31 so so whomever the president selects isn't likely really did change the boating course.
Of the Supreme Court.
You really don't know that and -- himself stands for the proposition that you don't know that the Bush Administration the first Bush Administration thought they were getting a solid conservative than Justice Souter.
Presidents don't always get what they want but it is true that more from them than not they do.
And I think it's reasonable to expect.
The court may become slightly more liberal with the new appointee to the court.
But I wouldn't bet the ranch I wouldn't bet the mailbox do you do you bet there -- a bloodbath.
It in the Senate confirmation hearings.
No law I I.
Share of majors view that I don't think the time is.
This is the time for such a bloodbath -- a real tough confirmation fight but I do think it's very important.
That Republicans Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scrutinize the nominee very carefully.
Whoever he or she -- -- -- it was important for the Democrats to do that there's no one else who can do that job reporters can't do it reporters don't have subpoena power.
We have to trust the opposition party in the Judiciary Committee.
To do the work for senate but that's the only way we're gonna know who these who this nominee really and we mentioned earlier that this could be the first of maybe three nominees in the president's first term because as -- pointed out that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now battling cancer John Paul Stevens is 89 years old.
That's right -- justices do tend to -- the actuarial tables they have.
Well it's a great job it's intellectually stimulating and some justice Oliver Wendell Holmes -- on until those.
Late or mid ninety's so you -- want to predict but it's -- I think you're correct in and and in more likely than not.
This will not be the only nomination that.
That President Obama gets -- I know you know.
Justice Souter very well can I just want to give -- quick take up on justices.
I spent a lot of time researching his nomination -- went up to where New Hampshire the little town where he grew up and now lives were -- the summer home.
And at the gas station there I asked you know anything about this David Souter going down the Washington going to be on the Supreme Court.
And the gas station attendant the owner of the only -- states and towns that.
Yeah I can tell you that in the 35 years he's been comin' into my phone station.
I've never seen them in the company of another human being.
That is are hermit and some of the White House -- aware of that and told me that had they known that they might have withdrawn the nomination he was a surprise Jim O'Brien -- -- you sir thank you.
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