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Reply to "A Bold Move For The Supreme Court"

Not that we should be citing to Wikipedia, but I found this interesting, especially the bolded part at the bottom: (LINK)

Some of the ideas she considers are:

* cumulative voting, a system in which each voter has "the same number of votes as there are seats or options to vote for, and they can then distribute their votes in any combination to reflect their preferences"--a system often used on corporate boards in 30 states, as well as by school boards and county commissions.
* Multi-member "superdistricts" is another strategy which "modifies winner-take-all majority rule to require that something more than a bare majority of voters must approve or concur before action is taken."

As a law professor at the University of Chicago, Barack Obama taught Guinier's theories in his classes.


Having said that, though, I can't imagine Obama considers this.

Obama is likely to play instead on a crucial irony about the federal bench. SCOTUS nominations are much more publicly scrutinized/talked about in the press, but the Courts of Appeals are by far the most influential, in that the percentage of Appeals Court decisions that make it to the SCOTUS is extremely small. What Obama is probably going to try to do is steer a more politically pragmatic ground on the more public Supreme Court nominations, but get bolder with the Appeals Court nominations. That's where Bush did by far the most damage, and it's where Obama can have the most impact.
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