There's a MAN On The Shortlist???

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
May 14 2009 3:18 PM

There's a MAN On The Shortlist???

Meghan, you posted yesterday on those Gallup numbers suggesting that Americans are less worked-up over the gender of the next Supreme Court justice than the media has been led to believe. I wonder whether Obama read the same polls, because his very short shortlist was evidently expanded yesterday to include a male, Carlos Moreno, the only Democrat on the California Supreme Court. Moreno is regarded as an extremely intelligent moderate-liberal jurist, and if selected he’d be the first Mexican American justice. I wonder how the same women who were incensed at Hillary Clinton’s treatment last year would feel if Obama seated an eighth male on the high court. I think I’d advise Obama to do so before Redding, the case about the strip search of a 13-year old girl. If oral argument was any predictor of outcomes, women are going to be pretty mad about the number of women on the court come June.

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate. Follow her on Twitter.

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