Powerline on the Liberal SCOTUS brainpower deficit and what it means for a probable pick.
The Washington Post offers a profile of Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who is said to be on President Obama's shortlist to replace Justice Souter. The author, Peter Slevin, builds his story around two of Judge Wood's colleagues on the Seventh Circuit, Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook. Both are brilliant and both are viewed as conservative (Judge Posner, I think, defies such an easy characterization). Slevin suggests that Judge Wood is their equal when it comes to "candlepower."
It's an important selling point because liberals in the legal community hope to see a high-powered leftist on the Supreme Court. Indeed, they view this as a matter of some urgency....
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