With a man as obsessed with his legacy as Barack Obama is, it was never a question of if he would nominate someone to fill the gap on the Supreme Court left by the sudden death yesterday of Justice Antonin Scalia. It was a question of how quickly he would act — the answer, it turns out, was instantaneously — and who he would name.
Late yesterday, New York’s Daily News came out with a convenient short list of who the president would like to insert into the unexpected vacancy.
Topping the list is Sri Srinivasan, who liberal jurist Jeffrey Toobin has labeled Obama’s “Supreme Court nominee in waiting.”
So what accounts for Srinivasan’s appeal? First and foremost is his ethnicity — he was born in India (the Daily News erroneously identifies his birthplace as Lawarence, Kan.) — which would make him the high court’s first Indian-American justice. It’s a “qualification” that ranks……