Obama’s Top 10 SCOTUS Considerations Ignore Out Lesbian Candidates

Sunday, April 25, 2010

According to the New York Times, President Obama is interviewing up to 10 possible choices to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and his top 3 include:

Solicitor General Elena Kagan
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland

Rounding out the group of 10, President Obama is also interviewing these 7:

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D-MI)
Carlos R. Moreno, California Supreme Court
Sidney R. Thomas, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Ann Claire Williams, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Georgia Supreme Court
Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School
Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary

However, glaringly missing from President Obama’s shortlist of judicial favorites is Pamela Karlan and Kathleen Sullivan. What you might wonder, what do Karlan and Sullivan have in common? Both women are openly lesbian. A few of you may even recall I was on the team of bloggers pushing the Obama White House to select Kathleen Sullivan to fill the SCOTUS vacancy which ultimately went to Sonia Sotomayor.

While making such a momentousness choice as a SCOTUS Justice is the president’s to make and, in the case of Mr. Obama, I think and I believe his judgment is sound. However, President Obama referred to himself as the LGBT’s community’s  “fiercest ally.” One way he could demonstrate this proclamation is to nominate the imminently qualified Pamela Karlan or Kathleen Sullivan to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. What more striking commitment to LGBT Americans than an openly gay or lesbian U.S. Supreme Court Justice?

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11 Responses to Obama’s Top 10 SCOTUS Considerations Ignore Out Lesbian Candidates

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Another great blog piece, Christopher. My opinion on Obama and Pamela Karlan and Kathleen Sullivan is fairly simple: he doesn’t want a long, dragged out battle with the GOP homophobes who sit the Senate Judiciary. Even if Pamela Karlan or Kathleen Sullivan made it through, the balance of the Congress isn’t exactly gay-friendly.

  2. DMason says:

    The rumor is, Elena Kagan is a lesbian and the Obama White House keeps trying to walk it back. They want to get her through what promises to be a grueling nomination process before it becomes undeniable about her sexual orientation. We very likely will have the first gay SCOTUS justice.

  3. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I love lesbians.

    The more lesbians the better. In fact, I hope President Obama stacks the Supreme Court with stacked, hot women who are totally into each other. Like Judge Marilyn Millan on the People’s Court. What a babe!

  4. Rachel says:

    I like both Pamela Karlan and Kathleen Sullivan too and think they would be perfect for the Supreme Court. Reading the biography links, what better qualifications does Obama think he will find? But like Joe from Colorado pointed out, Obama doesn’t like to fight and nominating openly gay women to the High Court would mean a battle royale with Republicans.

  5. VicoDANIEL says:

    I posted on Huffington Post the reason I think Team Obama is trying to avoid any discussion of Elena Kagan is he want to get he approved on the merits of her qualifications.

    Then if it becomes known to a wider constituency that she’s gay, naysayers and homophobes might scratch their head and say, “Huh? What was the big deal about nominating a gay person to the Supreme Court?”

    This could turn out to be a brilliant strategy.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  6. mbmdl says:

    I will never understand why heterosexual men are almost universally aroused by the thought of two girls engaging in intimacy. As a straight (but not narrow) woman, I agree it is long overdue for an openly gay American to serve on the Supreme Court. Obama has a unique opportunity to provide this and I hope to see him do it.

  7. i think no matter who obama nominates (he could nominate jesus himself) – he will get a fight – the asswipe republicans will posture right now all they want – but they will challenge anyone he puts up – with the new litmus test of health care (and probably arizona’s newest racist law).

    being there will be a fight- obama might as well go all the way and pick someone that will surely be ‘controversial’ including sullivan or karlan

    meanwhile the old racist coot Pat Buchanan commented on the fact that Kagan and Garland are both Jewish – and if they got on the bench there would be no protestants on the court – from Buchanan who is catholic.

    so another litmus test – what is your religion

  8. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I like hot lesbians.

    But this isn’t about my libido. Obama has the chance to make history and tip his hand to a constituency who feels sideline over the lack of action on DADT.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    Napalitano is a lesbian. She just won’t come out. Although I don’t think she is as qualified as either of your choices, Christopher.

    Last time around I disagreed with Kathleen Sullivan, and was more accepting of Sotomayor. This time around, I too agree that she or Pamela Karlan would be great choices, and it’s too bad they aren’t at least even mentioned as possibles.

  10. Kate Novotny says:

    Bill Hussein O’Reilly,

    You are a mess! I should be offended but I’m past all the feminista crap from the 70’s and the 80’s.

  11. ron howard says:

    pam karlan may be openly lesbian now, but my best friends in high school used to nail her regularly at summer camp during her Hopkins Grammar days before she went to Yale. She has really large breasts and was really into drinking, sex and lots of fun with men. I myself hung out with her a lot; i liked her a great deal. Not my type but fun and really smart.

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