David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term. Appointed by the first George Bush in 1990, Souter turned out to be the best thing one could have hoped for to replace the great William Brennan. Because Souter turned out to be ideologically close to Brennan, Bush I was sure we had someone like Clarence Thomas follow Thurgood Marshall.

Even though I’m much happier having Obama appoint a new justice than Bush II or McCain, this is a case where you remember you have a large majority in the Senate and try to appoint someone like, well, David Souter — okay maybe a little left of that. I’m sure FoxNews already has their "hate tapes" ready, they just have to dub in the name.

Among the people whose names have been floated in recent months are Elena Kagan, whom Mr. Obama named as his solicitor general, and two federal appeals court judges, Sonia Sotomayor and Diana Pamela Wood.

I’m going out on a limb and guessing it won’t be Bork.