Like little stars.
President Obama met yesterday with Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge and Glenn Greenwald-approved potential Supreme Court nominee Diane Wood. The White House says Obama may conduct more interviews, but his decision is expected to be announced early next week (or even sooner).
In other Supreme Court nomination news, retiring Justice John Paul Stevens actually introduced Solicitor General Elena Kagan at a conference in Chicago on Monday night. (But he entered the room with Wood.)
Obama is set to meet with Republican members of the Judiciary Committee today, so that Orrin Hatch and Jon Kyl can regretfully inform him that whoever he picks will turn out to be a radical activist suffering from a severe case of excess empathy.
I’m not sure how polling 5,000 “ardent Court watchers” tells you anything when the decision is solely up to one guy, but FantasySCOTUS.net predicts Elena Kagan will get the nod. Wood is a fairly distant second and Merrick Garland is serious long-shot.
But most reports indicate that the solicitor general is the front-runner. She is, after all, a big fan of expanded executive power, and presidents love that in a Supreme Court justice. If you’re a Wood fan, I’d say prepare to be disappointed. At least that way you might get a pleasant surprise.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.
Diane Wood has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 1995. Her research interests include antitrust (both international and general), federal civil procedure, and international trade and business. She has taught in all three fields.