Report: Klobuchar’s name absent from official SCOTUS short-list

WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s name is not on the White House’s Supreme Court short-list, according to a report out today by ABC News.

ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper reports eight names on that list, six of them women and four from off the judicial bench. The three most mentioned, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland and 7th Circuit Judge Diane Wood are all on the list, as are Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Tapper notes that there are “other names the president might consider that aren’t on this list,” but says that’s the list as it exists today.

Update: NBC News also came out with the exact same eight names for the short list, adding that Kagan, Garland, Wood, Granholm and Napolitano are the “serious contenders.”

Klobuchar gave another pretty firm denial to NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, again trying to squash rumors that she might be headed to the high court (full transcript is here, via MPR):

Q: Has anyone in President Barack Obama’s administration talked to you about being a potential Supreme Court nominee?

A: Mostly some people there say, “Oh, I’ve seen your name on the list,” but they mean the list in the media. I’ve said repeatedly, and the reason they wouldn’t talk to me about it is because I’ve said repeatedly that I love my job; this is where I want to stay. Minnesota has one of the most junior delegations in the Senate and we need some stability. There’s also a lot of economic challenges going on and to abandon the state of Minnesota at this time is not the right thing to do.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Brian Simon on 04/13/2010 - 10:33 am.

    “Minnesota has one of the most junior delegations in the Senate and we need some stability. There’s also a lot of economic challenges going on and to abandon the state of Minnesota at this time is not the right thing to do.”

    … and my replacement would be appointed by Gov Pawlenty.

  2. Submitted by Paul Scott on 04/13/2010 - 03:00 pm.

    Me too. I’VE been telling EVERYONE, REPEATEDLY that I’m glad my name isn’t on the list also. I love my job, too — and really feel like there is so much more to be done here where I am…Like get my six year old off the couch and into the sunshine.

    But seriously…Thank heavens she is not on the short list. I think she is doing her best and doing good for the state but hardly demonstrating SCOTUS potential. If anything, the ongoing Amy hype leaves me strangely puzzled — is the bar that low? She seems a little overrated in my view. What have we heard out of her: she was upset about the lead found in toys made in China, but not interested in the sort of structural economic changes that would have us building toys in the US, she is for popular measures related to breast cancer but not especially curious about the confusing science behind breast cancer, she was eager to slash a device tax for reasons that seem largely political, even though the industry is garnering enormous profits. I conclude that she is a populist and she knows where her bread is buttered. And I voted for her, and would do it again. But c’mon. From Henneppin County Prosecutor to settling constitutional questions? There’s probably five people teaching at the U of M more qualified.

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