The Short List? Deciding the SCOTUS Nominee

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Jaybird says:

    I researched the schools these guys went to the other day. Figure that that information might be vaguely useful:

    Amy Coney Barrett – Rhodes College (BA), Notre Dame (JD)

    Keith Blackwell – University of Georgia (BA, JD)

    Charles Canady – Haverford College (BA), Yale University (JD)

    Steven Colloton – Princeton University (AB), Yale Law School (JD)

    Allison Eid – Stanford University (BA), University of Chicago (JD)

    Britt Grant – Wake Forest University (BA), Stanford Law School (JD)

    Raymond Gruender – Washington University in St. Louis (BA, MBA, JD)

    Thomas Hardiman – University of Notre Dame (BA), Georgetown Law (JD)

    Brett Kavanaugh – Yale University (BA, JD)

    Raymond Kethledge – University of Michigan (BA, JD)

    Joan Larsen – University of Northern Iowa (BA), Northwestern University (JD)

    Mike Lee – Brigham Young University (BA, JD)

    Thomas Lee – Brigham Young University (BA), University of Chicago (JD)

    Edward Mansfield – Harvard University (AB), Yale University (JD)

    Federico Moreno – University of Notre Dame (BA), University of Miami School of Law (JD)

    Kevin Newsom – Samford University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)

    William Pryor – Northeast Louisiana University (BA), Tulane University Law School (JD)

    Margaret Ryan – Knox College (BA), Notre Dame Law School (JD)

    David Stras – University of Kansas, Lawrence (BA, MBA, JD)

    Diane Sykes – Northwestern University (BS), Marquette University Law School (JD)

    Amul Thapar – Boston College (BS), UC Berkeley School of Law (JD)

    Timothy Tymkovich – Colorado College (BA), University of Colorado Law School (JD)

    Robert Young – Harvard University (BA, JD)

    Don Willett – Baylor University (BBA), Duke University (MA, JD, LLM)

    Patrick Wyrick – University of Oklahoma (BS, JD)


    For comparison:

    John Roberts – Harvard University (BA, JD)

    Anthony Kennedy – Stanford University (BA), Harvard University (LLB)

    Clarence Thomas – Conception Seminary College College of the Holy Cross (BA), Yale University (JD)

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Cornell University (AB), Harvard University, Columbia University (LLB)

    Stephen Breyer – Stanford University (BA), Magdalen College, Oxford (BA), Harvard University (LLB)

    Samuel Alito – Princeton University (BA), Yale University (JD)

    Sonia Sotomayor – Princeton University (BA), Yale University (JD)

    Elena Kagan – Princeton University (BA), Worcester College, Oxford (MPhil), Harvard University (JD)

    Neil Gorsuch – Columbia University (BA), Harvard University (JD), University College, Oxford (DPhil)Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

      Only three of the 25 are currently in the NE urban corridor. Only one is from the 1st, 2nd, DC, or Federal Circuits, which have had a near-lock since Reagan went West for O’Connor and Kennedy. No one from the 9th, which covers 21% of the US population and 22% of the normal Circuit Court cases. Liberal or conservative in temperament, this is a big change.Report

  2. Koz says:

    So much for Jeanine Pirro, who Burt speculated might be the nominee on another thread.

    Btw, in answer to the trivia question (I haven’t googled) I’m going to guess the answer is Ginsburg. And if she were confirmed by a Demo Senate, then you have to go a long way back, like Whizzer White or somebody.

    I’ve seen some speculation that Murkowski or Jeff Flake or somebody go throw a wrench into the works. I don’t anticipate that happening at all. What’s more interesting is to see how many Demo votes there will be for the nominee. I expect there will be at least a few.Report

  3. Saul Degraw says:

    The speculation is that it is going to be Barret, Thapar, or Ho because those cause maximum trolling possibilities for the Democrats. All are solidly to the right without any known apostasies and they provide some cover from the overall white maleness of the Trump admin.Report

    • Koz in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      It could work out that way and out of the people on the list I don’t really have a horse in this race. But as things stand there’s really not much percentage in trying to troll the libs. There’s also not any obvious interest group that needs to get paid off.

      Gorsuch already showed us the blueprint of what works. I don’t expect Trump to try to reinvent the wheel here.Report

  4. Schumer should dare Trump to appoint Jared Kushner.Report