The Rationale for Diane Wood

by Benjamin Domenech on 11:30 am May 6, 2010

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More and more folks seem to think that Obama will choose Diane Wood for the Supreme Court opening in the next week or so. It’s a choice which will make abortion the number one issue during her confirmation hearings, as opposed to a pick less outspoken on the subject.

One possible political explanation for this rationale is that Obama doesn’t particularly care about making the left happy — despite their frustrations with the White House, where are they going to go? — but does care about making “teabagging racists” mad as heck, ensuring they will be extreme and yell and stuff, scaring away the moderates and anyone who isn’t white.

With the Sotomayor nomination, Obama’s choice had a political benefit on ethnic grounds. This time, his pick could come down to Wood and a fight over abortion, or making a choice to mend fences with the gay rights crowd. But what if Obama doesn’t particularly care about the catcalls and protests? What if he sees far more political benefit to angering his enemies — in picking Wood so he can show the world what nasty intolerant people pro-lifers are?

It’d be the Chicago way.

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