Considering that the 2008 presidential campaign has gotten off to a ludicrously early start, it should come as no surprise that the speculation about potential Supreme Court nominees in the next administration has also gotten under way.

On his widely read SCOTUSblog, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Thomas Goldstein (also a contributor to Legal Times) spins out an interesting list of names if a Democrat is elected, including Judges Johnnie Rawlinson and Kim Wardlaw from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit and Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the 1st Circuit.