Here is why it will not happen:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat, has appeared on some early lists of prospects whom President Obama may consider - or is being urged to consider - to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
In an item published on-line within hours of the Stevens announcement Friday, liberal blogger Paul Abrams put Whitehouse at the top of a list that the Huffington Post dubbed "Superb 'Out of the Box' Suggestions'' for the nomination.
Abrams declared that Whitehouse, a former Rhode Island attorney general, has "the sharpest mind in the Senate.'' Lawyers who present oral arguments in Supreme Court cases "would have to triple their preparation to meet his withering questioning,'' Abrams wrote. That was an apparent reference to the senator's work posing questions to witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Also on Friday, Time magazine's Web page listed Whitehouse - along with fellow Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Judiciary Committee Democrat elected in 2006 - among more than a dozen second-tier prospects for the high court.
Saturday's Washington Post likewise put Whitehouse, Klobuchar and Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick under the heading of "politicians mentioned'' for the job.
On the other hand, it would make for a really fun summer. So bring it on.
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