Turning a Monkey into a Buzzard

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A process that started months ago among White House lawyers to compile a list of possible Supreme Court picks has accelerated with word Justice David Souter plans to step down from the bench in June.

Well now we see it coming back:
June 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said she was first contacted about the high court appointment four days before Justice David Souter announced his retirement.

Sotomayor, 54, in a questionnaire the Obama administration provided to the Senate, also said she has been in almost “daily contact” with the White House since May 1 when Souter revealed his plans to leave the court.

President Barack Obama, filling his first high court vacancy, announced on May 26 that Sotomayor was his choice to be the first Hispanic justice and the third woman ever on the court. Sotomayor confirmed that Obama interviewed her five days before the announcement and that Vice President Joe Biden interviewed her as well.