May 1, 2009

President Obama today interrupted the daily White House press briefing to talk about replacing David Souter on the Supreme Court:

Now, the process of selecting someone to replace Justice (David) Souter is among my most serious responsibilities as president, so I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind and a record of excellence and integrity. I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes. I will seek somebody who is dedicated to the rule of law, who honors our constitutional traditions, who respects the integrity of the judicial process and the appropriate limits of the judicial role. I will seek somebody who shares my respect for constitutional values on which this nation was founded and who brings a thoughtful understanding of how to apply them in our time.

The Huffington Post has a lineup of the five most likely candidates.

On cue, the wingnuts (led by Malkin) are lining to scream, wail, tear out their hair, gnash their teeth, and do all those things wingnuts do reflexively, but with the added enjoyment of being completely impotent and irrelevant.

Meanwhile, white male Villagers like Mark Halperin are whining over the likelihood that the nominee will be neither white nor male, or at least not both. Of course, isn't William Ayers a white male? How much, exactly, do those attributes really matter?

It's like Dylan sez: "It's wonder that you still know how to breathe."

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