Apparently you misplaced your sense of humor and ability to observe and react to sarcasm while off on your quest. I know what you wrote. You don't want a cookie cutter product from Columbia; rather someone like William O Douglas who graduated from Columbia.
But my comment was keyed off of the humorous and predictable response that the rightwing blogsphere would give to a candidate that would be, like Douglas, considered a weak candidate by today's standards, not your specific post. He didn't turn out that way but 20/20 hindsight is very awkward in nominating a judge.
But, to translate, for those who might not be able to nuance the difference, if Obama were to nominate a person LIKE a WOD who was perceived by many to have not completed Law School because he dropped out a couple of times and was nominated to SCOTUS early in his career, it would light up the rightwing blogsphere.
This would certainly be a bonus for someone who sells advertising placement for those blogs; able to benefit from that increased clickthrough and additional buzz and traffic.
Does that help?
And welcome back.
I could hardly care less what a bloggosherian opines, regardless the wingedness. Kind of funny that I hoped to NOT get another establishmentarian lawyer and pulled WOD out as an example, only to find he was one! Oh well. My opinion was expressed, not to disparage the usual ivy league nominees, there are plenty of them who are very smart and probably many of them who are well qualified to be jurists on the SC.
What I don't want to encourage is a sort of 'academic inbreeding'. For folks unfamiliar with that term, it is a phenomenon of higher education in which people who all go to the same schools in the same discipline adopt the same implicit assumptions about that discipline. It's easy as hell (in my estimation, simple enough to be simple-minded) to look at the court and see color or sex or supposed political affiliation and make assumptions concerning those folks based on those external characteristics. I have not seen anybody evaluate the impact of appointing justices from the same small pool of law schools over and over.
That pattern once formed the State Department, Justice Department and CIA to the detriment of United States foreign and domestic policy in some instances IMO.
In any case, it would make an interesting study.