The Slatest

Report: Obama Might Nominate Republican for Supreme Court

The Senate would have to approve of his hair, at least.

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Huh: With Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee promising to reject anyone Barack Obama nominates for the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reports that Obama is considering nominating Republican Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. From the Post:

Brian Sandoval, the centrist Republican governor of Nevada, is being vetted by the White House for a possible nomination to the Supreme Court, according to two people familiar with the process.

Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee President Obama could select who would be able to break a Republican blockade in the Senate.

Sandoval was appointed to a federal judgeship in 2005 by George W. Bush after having been recommended for a job by Democratic Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. Elected governor in 2010, Sandoval is pro-choice; while he’s not exactly pro-marriage equality or pro-Obamacare, as governor he abandoned the state of Nevada’s legal efforts to enforce a same-sex marriage ban and has not opposed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.