It appears that Republicans have almost no chance at stopping President Obama from replacing Supreme Court Justice David Souter with whomever he wants, but that doesn't mean they aren't going to try. A special team of GOP researchers is already combing through the records of potential nominees, hoping to find extreme legal writings and other closet-lurking skeletons, reports Politico. “I don’t think, given their majority, that we can stop them, but it’s a great opportunity for us to tie their incumbents to whatever crazy opinions or statements come to light,” said one senior Republican aide. Finding and airing potential nominees' dirty laundry could help Republicans gain an edge in the upcoming 2010 elections. Obama’s short-list is said to include Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York, Obama’s solicitor general Elena Kagan, federal judge Diane Wood, and Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.
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