Cass Sunstein writes about how the Supreme Court has moved sharply to the right since 1980. I'm sort of curious about how one would go about putting more William Brennan / Thurgood Marshall types on the court. Given the likelihood of more Senate pickups in the next cycle, I'd have to bet that 2011-2012 will be the best time to change the direction of things.
In the universe of possible Obama Supreme Court picks, I haven't heard much speculation about who might be likely to go in the Brennan/Marshall direction. Maybe I just haven't been reading the right stuff. But it's something that I'd be interested in knowing more about. I know that potential justices are often shy about expressing positions -- they don't want to be Borked in confirmation hearings -- but 2011 will be a great time to find someone who has written bold law review articles arguing for some variety of exciting lefty jurisprudence, or given speeches on the matter, or written well-argued opinions of that nature.