Fight Brewing

So Justice Stevens is going... which means, perhaps, that the White House wants to energize the base with a big fight in advance of the November mid-terms. Politico has the story.

Sources close to the process have previous said the president and his advisers are focused primarily on several potential nominees who were considered last year, including Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge Diane Wood, 59; Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 49; and D.C. Circuit Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, 57. Other possible contenders are State Department legal adviser and former Yale law dean Harold Koh, 55, who would also become the Supreme Court’s first Asian-American justice; and Cass Sunstein, 55, a University of Chicago law professor now overseeing the federal government’s regulation-approval unit at the Office of Management and Budget.