Now that Justice Stevens is retiring — or, as Stephen Colbert prefers to describe it, "pussying out" — it's time to assess the potential candidates on what really matters: who's an "attractive blonde," and who might be a lesbian.

Colbert also hit upon the problem of nominating Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm: Republicans may mistake her for a Fox News anchor.

By the way, if Obama's court shortlist to follow up Justice Sonia Sotomayor looks fairly diverse, it's not your imagination. A recent Brookings Institution report compared Obama and Bush's judicial nominees in their first 14 months. It's not a perfect chart — for example, it appears to indicate that only white people have gender — but it's interesting nonetheless.

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Obama's judicial nominees so far have been 30 percent white men, while George W. Bush's were nearly 70 percent white men in the same period. Clearly this confirms that the Bush administration was all about picking the most qualified person for the.... wait.

Judicial Nominations In The First 14 Months Of The Obama And Bush Administrations [Brookings]