This afternoon, Donald Trump released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices. Unless you play Fantasy Federal Judge there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of any of these people, which is good, because Trump has already shown that the sort of people who have heard of these potential justices are completely irrelevant.
According to the campaign, the list includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas.
These are boring-but-conservative choices; nearly all of these people can be found on the ultra-conservative Federalist Society’s list of “experts.” Trump released this list as a small offering to the Republican party establishment, a faction of which still views him as an unserious, historically damaging candidate that must to be stopped at any cost.
Unfortunately for those people, led by hero-in-waiting Bill Kristol, Trump has rendered them irrelevant and flailing at the margins of the party. Like a small child sucking on a lollipop as his mom flips through department store racks, they will accept this measly gift and wait as the adults conduct their business.