Narrowing Down the 44-Person Not-So-Short List
Ten days ago I blogged about President Trump’s 44-person not-so-short list. At the time, I gave it two cheers. Ten days later, this list seems very important. Here, I will try to narrow down the list in light of Justice Ginsburg’s passing.
First, I think it is safe to say this nominee has to be a woman. President Bush initially wanted to replace Justice O’Connor with Harriet Miers, but that nomination blew up; he defaulted to a man, then-Judge Alito. On the 44-person list, there are twelve women. A second factor is age. Lifetime appointments last for a long time. I imagine Trump would want to go as young as possible on this list. Third, Trump may consider how the Judge fared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and on the floor vote. Fourth, Trump may also consider geography as a factor.
I have listed the twelve women on the list, with their age, committee vote, and floor vote (Please email if I messed up any of the numbers).
- Bridget Bade: Ninth Circuit (AZ), 54, 17-5, 78-21.
- Amy Coney Barrett: Seventh Circuit (IN), 48, 11-9, 54-42
- Allison Eid: Tenth Circuit (CO), 55, 11-9, 56-41
- Britt Grant: Eleventh Circuit (GA), 42, 11-10, 52-44
- Barbara Lagoa: Eleventh Circuit (FL), 52, 18-4, 80-15
- Joan Larsen: Sixth Circuit (MI), 51, 11-9, 60-38
- Martha Pacold: Northern District of Illinois, 41, 18-4, 87-3
- Sarah Pitlyk: Eastern District of Missouri, 42, 12-10, 59-44
- Allison Jones Rushing: Fourth Circuit (VA), 37, 12-10, 53-44
- Margaret Ryan: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (VA)
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