The name Sri Srinivasan is being floated around as a possible replacement for deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The liberal media has already dubbed the Indian-American judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit a “Supreme Court nominee-in-waiting.”
And the left must think highly of Srinivasan because NPR is claiming that he “is considered a moderate.”
Raw Story reported that Srinivasan “has pro-business credentials,” saying he successfully represented former Enron Corp CEO Jeff Skilling in a Supreme Court case and represented Exxon Mobil in a lawsuit alleging human rights abuses in Indonesia.
But the left-of-center website trumpeted that “the appeals court in Washington on which Srinivasan serves has often been a springboard to the high court.”
Srinivasan’s career does have its liberal moments.
While working under former Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013, Srinivasan was part of the legal team that was successful in getting the high court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Bustle.com, an online women’s magazine, further reported that Srinivasan was involved in a number of cases important to liberals when he worked at the Justice Department:
Srinivasan supported affirmative action, and he worked against Indiana’s restrictive voter ID law; he represented a Spanish-speaking child who pursued a case against Arizona for not providing sufficient English-language instruction to its students; he also helped prevent a legal immigrant from deportation over a minor gun defense.
Oh, and the website said he worked on Al Gore’s legal team in the case of Bush v. Gore, which resolved the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election.
“Liberals were likely very happy when Srinivasan wrote a Supreme Court brief that called for stricter regulations on police,” Bustle contributor Alexi McCammond added.
Srinivasan, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, was unanimously confirmed 97-0 by the U.S. Senate in 2013 to the federal appeals court for D.C.
The New York Daily News tossed around other potential names President Barack Obama may consider, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney has only been in her present role since April 2015, but would fulfill Obama’s desire for a legacy pick as the first black woman on the Supreme Court.
Other names the Daily News threw out were Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Paul Watford, First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David Barron, Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Ann Millett.