CNN has what it claims are Obama's final six for the Supreme Court opening. Five are no surprise: Sonia Sotomayor, Diane Wood, Elena Kagan, Janet Napolitano, and Jennifer Granholm. The sixth has gotten almost no buzz until now: California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.
I highly, highly doubt Moreno will get the nod. First, there is no reason to go the whole stealth candidate route -- there is a huge Democratic majority in the Senate and plenty of well-known candidates who should sail through. Second, Moreno will undoubtedly come under scrutiny for his vote on the gay marriage decision -- if he voted to strike down the law, he'll stir up a hornet's nest on the right, and if he voted to uphold it, I can't imagine he'd be on the list. Third, given that Moreno doesn't seem any more distinguished than the other candidates, what's the rationale for appointing another man to the bench?
This isn't any offense to Moreno, who has excellent credentials and I'm sure would make a fine Justice. I just think he's on the list to be on the list.