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4th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

You have to hand it to Obama and his White House team… they are the masters of framing a news story. With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Souter, Obama gets his first crack at nominating someone to the highest court in the land.  As I twittered a couple days ago, there is a near certainty that Obama is going to get three picks before 2013.

The mastery of the Obama team is that Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has speculated that Obama could announce his pick as early as this week.  When the press asked Obama’s press secretary about that, he didn’t confirm or deny.  They let Hatch carry the story.

Now Sen. Hatch has been around for a long, long time.  He’s been through a bunch of Supreme Court nomination hearings and he isn’t dumb.  He spoke with Obama, got a commitment that the nominee would not be a radical leftist and then was able to tell the press that the pick could come as early as this week.

Here’s my prediction.  Obama will not pick a hard-core leftist (he has two more coming soon), but he’ll pick a predictable liberal (which won’t change the composition of the court) and demonstrate that he is “reasonable” when the nominee sails through committee with Hatch’s support and through the Senate with a bunch of Republican votes.

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  1. 05/05/2009

    Never in the History of the US (OK, maybe William Taft) has a US president had such an understanding of the Supreme Court and the decisions by the justices. I think Obama’s choice will be thought out and keep the balance of the court as Sean pointed out (don’t stand around by the phone Harriet Miers!). Its just nice seeing more justices appointed by a democrat (7 of the 9 have been appointed by republicans).

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