One name already surfacing for the now-open Supreme Court slot is 6th Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton, who faced withering attacks during his confirmation hearing from Sen. Patrick Leahy. Barely 45, he has had a remarkable judicial career from a clerkship with Scalia, to state and federal court experience.
The usual names will be floated once again, Mahoney, Alito, Estrada and Jones.
Tonight, Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at The American Spectator‘s Washington Club dinner. It will be interesting to see what he has to say about the current environment in Washington leading into this next nomination.