Monday, April 12, 2010

Dawn Johnsen for the Supreme Court

Over the past year it's become an unofficial olympic sport for liberals and progressives to lament about being tossed under the bus due to the actions and inactions of the Obama administration. One such example was the lack of movement on the nomination of Prof. Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Justice Department.

Last Friday Prof. Johnsen withdrew her name from further consideration for the OLC position, news that would have made major waves on the left of the blogosphere had it not been somewhat overshadowed by the announced retirement of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens.

Was this a coincidence? What if President Obama is planning to nominate Prof. Johnsen to the Supreme Court? It'll certainly motivate and reassure the progressive base (for a few weeks, at least) and drive the wingnuts even crazier.

Dawn Johnsen has stints at the ACLU and NARAL Pro-Choice America on her resume as per her Wikipedia page and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also had a stint at the ACLU (just saying).

Her brother-in-law, Judge David Hamilton, was nominated and confirmed to the Seventh Judicial Circuit last year.

I'll still bet on Solicitor General Elena Kagan, but won't be the least bit surprised if it was Dawn Johnsen.

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