President Obama has whittled down his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to five -- four of whom have donated to his own political campaigns.
According to the Free Beacon, the five federal judges to be interviewed for the position include:
Sri Srinivasan (who has donated $4,250 to Obama), Jane Kelly ($1,500 to Obama), Paul Watford ($1,000 to Obama), Ketanji Brown Jackson ($450 to Obama), and Merrick Garland, who has not donated to Obama.
None of the judges are major political donors and the contributions made to Obama account for the majority of each judge’s political giving. The donation from Jackson is the only federal political contribution she made that was large enough to be included in election filings.
Jackson’s donation, according to FB, can be explained by the fact that she worked as an attorney for the Obama 2008 campaign:
On her official questionnaire filed with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee she disclosed that she “was an election poll monitor for both the primary and general elections on behalf of Lawyers for Change, Obama for America Presidential Campaign.”
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the judiciary committee, reaffirmed the senate's vow that none of the president's nominees will be confirmed:
“Everybody knows any nominee submitted in the middle of this presidential campaign isn’t getting confirmed. Everybody. The White House knows it. Senate Democrats know it. Republicans know it. Even the press knows it,” Grassley said during a committee hearing on Thursday.
Still, one wonders what Obama thinks is to be gained by putting forth candidates who have financially contributed to his past campaigns.