White House Begins Floating Names for Supreme Court Nomination

The White House has begun releasing trial baloons for the individuals under consideration to replace the retiring Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court.  Among those apparently being considered are Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judges Merrick Garland of Washington, D.C., and Diane Wood of Chicago.  Also on the list is federal Judge Sidney R. Thomas of Montana and former Georgia State Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, the first female African-American chief justice in U.S. history.

Also reportedly under consideration are Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was formerly governor of Arizona. 

In case you were wondering, the White House has made it clear that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is not under consideration.