WASHINGTON--On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Grahnolm--believed to be in play for a Supreme Court appointment-- visits the White House, with the official reason to attend President Obama's event on improving auto emission standards, obviously a big deal to the car making Michigan.
But the White House appointment may also give Obama a chance to talk to Granholm about replacing Justice David Souter on the high court.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday Obama will be doing interviews with candidates and not of them have taken place yet.
Granholm and Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona are among a bunch of people mention for the slot. This morning, I am going to a reporters breakfast with Napolitano, so I may have some intel to pass along later today.
With governor on their resume, Granholm and Napolitano may score higher on the real life "empathy" factor Obama is looking for than other contenders thought to be on Obama's list.
Three other potential justices--- Solicitor General Elena Kagan and U.S. Court of Appeals judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane P. Wood, who sits in Chicago--came under pre-emptive fire from conservatives who launched a web site against them