Predicting the Picks

Monday, October 6, 2008

Predicting whom a president might nominate to the Supreme Court is a hazardous venture that depends on whom he is replacing, the Senate's makeup and political concerns. But two experts on the court and nominations give it a try.

Charles J. Cooper is a Washington appellate lawyer who served in the Reagan Justice Department and has been active in advising Republican presidents on judicial nominees. He stresses that he has not discussed specific candidates with Sen. John McCain's campaign:

"There are dozens of highly qualified, widely experienced, extremely gifted lawyers who both share Senator McCain's views on the limited role of the courts and who would (or ought to) attract bipartisan support in the Senate, even assuming a solidly Democratic Senate.

"But some of the names that I hear most often as potential nominees to SCOTUS by a President McCain are (in alphabetical order)":

· Paul Clement, 42, recently resigned as solicitor general.

· Deborah Cook, 56, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

· Michael W. McConnell, 53, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

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