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Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice?

I could see this easily happening and in Obama's second term. What say you? He seems to want to make history, and Dems have the majority in the Senate, thus 99.9% of nominations he will make will be confirmed.

by Anonymousreply 3211/09/2012

But, who would it be?

It's not enough to find any openly gay judge. He or she would have to be very experienced, probably a current or former federal judge and/or elite academic.

So, who are legit candidates?

by Anonymousreply 111/08/2012

Well, Elena Kagan could just go ahead and come out already.

by Anonymousreply 211/08/2012

Are you talking about Roberts coming out of the closet?

by Anonymousreply 311/08/2012

Which justices are planning to retire?

by Anonymousreply 411/08/2012

I think an Asian will be named before a gay.

by Anonymousreply 511/08/2012

I think he'd like to skew it towards having a female majority.

by Anonymousreply 611/08/2012

I think a black female justice is more likely. It's time for a second black justice (if you can even consider Clarence Thomas black) and a female one represents a big demographic that's not represented: black women.

by Anonymousreply 711/08/2012

I want him to completely destroy the Republican Party by naming William Jefferson Clinton.

by Anonymousreply 811/08/2012

[quote]Which justices are planning to retire?

Doesn't Ginsburg have health issues?

No Republican nominee will retire unless forced by severe illness or death.

It would be really great if Scalia would drop dead during Obama's second term. Thomas too, but with Scalia there's a much more realistic chance.

by Anonymousreply 911/08/2012

Just encourage Kagan and Roberts to come out - then we'll have two!

by Anonymousreply 1011/08/2012

Scalia will stick it through. He won't go unless he carried out in a body bag.

by Anonymousreply 1111/08/2012

He's got the gays locked up. Look for another Latino or an Asian appellate judge.

by Anonymousreply 1211/08/2012

Wasn't Clinton disbarred?

by Anonymousreply 1311/08/2012

[quote]Doesn't Ginsburg have health issues?

Yeah Ruth Ginsburg is the one that everyone basically knows is going to retire during Obama's next term. Outside of that it remains to be seen.

by Anonymousreply 1411/08/2012

the court room will have pink swag curtains

by Anonymousreply 1511/08/2012

how about the judge who overturned Prop 8? He's openly gay and seems really smart.

by Anonymousreply 1611/08/2012

Brilliant, R7. Just the mere mention of Clinton's name would send them into paroxysms of incomparable rage such as hardly have ever been seen. I would love it!

by Anonymousreply 1711/08/2012

[quote]Just encourage Kagan and Roberts to come out - then we'll have two!

What about Ginsburg? I thought I had heard rumors about her.

I was laughing when everyone was saying Tammy Baldwin was our first lesbian senator. I almost shouted, "Aren't you forgetting Barbara Mikulski?" Then I realized they meant OPENLY lesbian senator, and Babs is so terrified of leaving the closet she almost becomes physically ill whenever the subject is raised.

by Anonymousreply 1811/08/2012

OK, ordering up one young, gay Asian female!

by Anonymousreply 1911/09/2012

He should appoint Hillary.

by Anonymousreply 2011/09/2012

It's a nice thought. Every Republican save maybe Lisa Murkowski would vote against him/her, and I could see problems with conservative Dems like Pryor and Manchin too.

Hillary is far too old BTW. Bush appointed Thomas when he was like 42-43, and he could be around for another couple of decades.

by Anonymousreply 2111/09/2012

it could actually be Hillary's swan song. She wants out of the State Department and has publicly said so. I can't see her running in 2016, unless Obama's second term is so amazing that our country cannot fathom re-electing a democrat. So yes, maybe Hillary can be one of the Supremes. Like Cindy Birdsong

by Anonymousreply 2211/09/2012

There has to be one person in this vast country that most groups can agree on. Put out a search for a mixed black/asain lesbian dwarf law professor in a wheelchair. That will cover all the bases.

by Anonymousreply 2311/09/2012

I would love to see it be Kamala Harris.

by Anonymousreply 2411/09/2012

[quote]I can't see her running in 2016, unless Obama's second term is so amazing that our country cannot fathom re-electing a democrat.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 2511/09/2012

I'll be thrilled with a young (Hillary, Bill, the Prop 8 guy, etc. are all WAY too old), thoughtful progressive of any color, gender or sexuality. Two would be even better.

by Anonymousreply 2611/09/2012

Clinton should have gone with Amalya Kearse instead of Janet Reno. He also should have nominated her when a spot opened on the Supereme Court.

by Anonymousreply 2711/09/2012

Gay Judge: Why not Vaughn R. Walker from the CA Prop 8 trial?

by Anonymousreply 2811/09/2012

Walker

by Anonymousreply 2911/09/2012

I would like a smart, progressive person on the Supreme Court. I don't care if he or she is gay, Asian, African-American, female, etc.

A smart, progressive person will uphold the rights of all those groups, which is far more important to me than just having some token presence on the Court.

(My impression was that Vaughn Walker had retired.)

by Anonymousreply 3011/09/2012

[quote]No Republican nominee will retire unless forced by severe illness or death.

Severe illness won't do. Remember Rhenquist.

by Anonymousreply 3111/09/2012

Still hoping Roberts comes out.

by Anonymousreply 3211/09/2012
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