Barack Obama seems to be making good his pledge to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Apparently, he has interviewed three candidates: Chief Judge Merrick Garland and Judge Sri Srinivasan from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul Watford from the 9th Circuit. Nominating an Asian-American would be momentous, especially considering the Supreme Court’s checkered history with Asian immigrants. A number of observers have already noted some of the reasons Srinivasan would be an excellent nominee. He’s 49, and therefore, if confirmed, would be likely to shape the court’s direction for decades.
He was confirmed unanimously (97-0, with 3 not voting) to the D.C. Circuit in 2013, including yes votes from such an unlikely set of supporters as Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bernie Sanders. This unanimity is remarkable for the D.C. Circuit, which is widely considered the “farm team” for the Supreme Court and is often subject to contentious nomination fights. Other political considerations favor Srinivasan among the three recently interviewed justices.