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No (Out) Lesbians On Obama’s New Supreme Court Short List

The names of the six people on Barack Obama's short list of potential nominees to the United States Supreme Court have been leaked and the list apparently no longer contains any known lesbians.

They are:

Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit
Solicitor General Elena Kagan
Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Merrick Garland
of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals


See my discussion on who did not make the (straight litmus test?) cut below the fold…

This new list is very different from previous lists. The only male on the list is Garland, who is a 56-year-old white male. Change we can believe in? Hell no! Any of the others are acceptable.

However, many others will be upset that out lesbians Kathleen Sullivan and Pamela Karlan (both former Deans of Stanford Law School) are no longer on the list. However, Janet “Quacks Like A Duck” Napolitano is apparently still on the short list of 6 people who are being vetted by the White House and filling out extensive surveys.
Latina (9th Circuit Appellate Judge) Kim Wardlaw or African American (and Rod 2.0 favorite) Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears have also seemed to have dropped off.
I still have my money on Sonia Sotomayor. I think another woman on the court is essential, and having a Black man nominate a Latino person would be a great historic first.

Sonia Sotomayor
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