Yeah, I've heard that many of the senators are encouraging Obama to appoint a senator or governor for the Souter SC opening, saying they want someone with "real-world" experience. Yeah, career politicians in the habit of being greased under the table and, in the case of legislators, used to lifetime pensions and medical insurance with maids and multiple homes and and and. Sure, they understand the real world.
Having worked with (and for) a few judges in my former life, I can say that most of them are pretty down to earth people. They at least understand the difference between the robe being on and the robe being off, while a senator understands s/he is always at the beck and call (and typically in the pocket of) the lobbyists. Judges drive themselves to work (don't know about the SCT Justices, but even the US Appellate Judges do), shop for groceries, go to the doctor, pay their bills, raise their kids, go to school plays and deal with mostly the same stuff as you and I. I'm sure there are some legislators and governors about whom that may be true, but I have to think they're in the minority, and not the sort of household names on powerful committees (i.e.
, entrenched) that would comprise the short list of nominees.
Moreover, particularly regarding the SCT, I'm much more interested in someone who DOESN'T have a lifetime of rubbing shoulders with lobbyists and playing political games. Far preferable to me is someone who has no "constituents" or axe to grind or pet issue who will instead impartially resolve the cases that come before her or him based upon the laws of these United States.