Dan Abrams: Obama Will End Up Appointing A Justice “Not As Liberal As Stevens”

With Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring, the media woke up to a new guessing game: just how much trouble will Republicans give Barack Obama‘s choice of nominee? NBC’s Chief Legal Analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams joined Contessa Brewer on MSNBC earlier today and suggested the President may preempt the opposition by picking someone “not as liberal,” in an effort to reduce the uproar.

With representatives of any number of communities are already abuzz with the anticipation that one of the group will be joining the Court, Abrams expressed the desires of those in the legal world: that “the greatest legal scholar in the country will be nominated.” The problem is that being a great legal scholar is only part of the key to being a successful Supreme Court justice, and, ultimately, the decision will be political. If the White House doesn’t do it, both sides are ready to politicize the issue for them.

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