I hope that President Bush focuses on choosing the best candidate, not on satisfying some diversity checklist. That said, he need look no further than Texas to find two outstanding female judges on the Fifth Circuit – Edith Jones and Priscilla Owen – who would promise to be excellent justices.
In one of the few big mistakes of his presidency, the first President Bush selected David Souter over runner-up Jones in 1990. His son’s nomination of Jones would go some way to repairing that error.
Senate Democrats might think that their four-year delay in confirming Owen prevented her from getting the experience needed to be a serious Supreme Court candidate. But all that time Owen was serving as a Texas supreme court justice, and she has ample experience.