Shun, Shag, Or Marry: Who Should Get The Empty Supreme Court Seat?

Supreme Court Justice David Souter is a wackadoodle. He’s eaten the same lunch everyday for 19 years—yogurt and an apple. He refuses to get a computer. And even though he was appointed by Republican George Bush, he usually sides with the liberally-minded folks on the bench. Now that Souter is retiring, we hope Obama will fill the seat with someone equally as interesting.

Rumor has it that Obama wants a woman for the job — which warms our hearts and our wombs, since there’s only one woman left on the court, and her health isn’t so great. At the top of Obama’s short list: solicitor general Elena Kagan, judge Sonia Sotomayer, and Jennifer Granholm, governor of Michigan. Each met privately with the President yesterday in Washington, DC. Who should the seat go to? We shun, shag, or marry this girl-power menagerie after the jump. Shun: Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm
She’s young (for a politician), hot, and successful—all of which are great qualifications. (Obama called her our best-looking governor.) But as an elected official, she’s built her career responding to the shifting desires of voters. As Souter showed us, you have to march to the beat of your own judicial drummer. Granholm should stay in Michigan, where ailing car manufacturers need her help. [NPR]

Shag: Solicitor General Elena Kagan
We’d marry her if she didn’t already have a job we want her to stay in. As the first female solicitor general, Kagan argues cases on behalf of the government. As the former dean of Harvard Law School and an expert on the first amendment, we can’t think of anyone we’d rather have as our collective lawyer. [LA Times]

Marry: Judge Sonia Sotomayer
Sonia started out as a Manhattan D.A. and did stints with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund and the New York Mortgage Agency, where she helped low-income homeowners and AIDS organizations. This real world experience is reflected in her manner on the bench, where she’s tackled copyright law and sided with labor since the 1995 baseball strike. This Bronx-born gal would be the first Hispanic justice, and if that’s not enough, she once told the New York Times that she became a lawyer because of “Perry Mason.” []

Who do you hope gets appointed?

[Photos: AP/USDOJ/Harvard]