Sunday, October 23, 2005

Short Term Politics And The Supreme Court Pick

Assume Miers withdraws now.

Assume a new nominee is named October 29.

What is the interesting political move?

Luttig or Alito.

Why?

Elections.

There are two major elections in November.

State officials are elected in Virginia and New Jersey.

Governors and legislatures.

Luttig went to college and law school in Virginia, and is based in Virginia.

Alito was raised in, went to college in, and has chambers in New Jersey.

Both are A list candidates.

Virginia has a very close governorship election. A toss up.

New Jersey is close, with the Democrat ahead by perhaps 5% to 10%.

If politics is a factor, appoint a Justice - elect a Governor!

What do you think?


Update 10/23/5

Are there others from Va. and N.J.? Sure. Substitute as you desire. Wilkinson is one with ties to a newspaper. Not bad:

(From SCOTUSBlog.com)

Judge Wilkinson was appointed to the Fourth Circuit by President Reagan in 1984. Before his appointment he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division from 1982-1983. From 1978-1982, he worked as the editorial page editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1973-1978, he was a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, he served in the army from 1968-1969.

Judge Wilkinson attended Yale College and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he clerked for Justice Powell.

Judge Wilkinson is 60 years old. He and his wife have two children.

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