Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Hispanic Supreme Court Justice?


Ideology aside, the ideal nominee would be young — preferably under 55 — and female or Hispanic. He or she would be affable and unflappable, with the same confident command of case law as Roberts...

"A Hispanic would be very difficult for the bad guys to work over publicly," said GOP pollster Michael McKenna...

But age could nix many Hispanic candidates. Cuba-born Circuit Judge Danny Boggs is 61. Circuit Judge Emilio Garza and District Judge Edward Prado are 58.

District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa is 55, and he's been on the federal bench for 22 years. That means a long record for critics to pick apart.

At the other end of the age spectrum are District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, 44, and Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, 45. Lack of experience might hurt. Cantero is a grandson of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, ousted by Fidel Castro in 1959.

Then there's Miguel Estrada, 44. Estrada was twice nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court and twice filibustered by Senate Democrats.


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