Obama will nominate U.S. District Court of Appeals judge Merrick Garland, a 63-year-old white Jewish male Harvard Law graduate, to replace Anton Scalia today, thus continuing a tradition of appointing only judges who matriculated at Harvard or Yale.
“Quite frankly,” the president told FWIW, “there are no other law schools worth any sort of attention, and besides, with all 8 surviving justices coming from those schools and still mourning the loss of another Harvidian, I’d hate to make them uncomfortable by forcing them to rub shoulders with some bit of white trash from, say, the University of Chicago. I mean diversity is one thing, breaking tradition is another.”
There’s not a chance in Hell this poor sacrificial lamb is going to see the Supreme Court doing Obama’s tenure, but it’s a safe bet that the person who’s next nominated will also be a grad of the requisite Ivy.
Unless Trump wins; then all bets are off – he might even return to the old practice of picking non-judges.