Sometime between next week and May 26, President Obama will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court. But first he needs to hold conversations with a bunch of important people, who fall into two groups. The first group are potential candidates for the nomination, with whom Obama has begun "informal talks." The second are the senators who will hold hearings for and vote to confirm the nominee. This morning, Obama is meeting with a small group of Democratic and Republican leaders, and afterward he'll reportedly consult with other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Given all the talk about Obama possibly selecting a politician instead of a judge, do you think that when these senators hear their secretaries say, "It's President Obama, he wants to talk to you about the Supreme Court nomination," there's some shred of hope in the back of their minds that they're in group one instead of group two. A little bit?
First thoughts: Going big [First Thoughts/MSNBC]
Obama Supreme Court Pick: President Talking With Possible High Court Nominees [AP via HuffPo]