By December, halfway through his transition, he was already naming names for a Supreme Court shortlist.
The two judges said their feminist sensibilities were offended, and the book was subsequently pulled from the shortlist.
The shortlist to fill the other slots on the standing committee contains several notable princelings.
One example is a design recently named to the shortlist for the 2014 World Architecture Festival awards.
The Washington Post also mentioned Lynch and former Associate Attorney General Tony West as candidates on the shortlist.
The battle to top that shortlist will be the real Democratic primary of 2016.
Last week, The Past failed to make the shortlist for the Academy Award for best foreign film, which A Separation won in 2012.
The new pontiff gets the nod over a shortlist that included Edward Snowden, Ted Cruz and Bashar al-Assad.
The shortlist work has been led by Greg Craig, White House counsel, not VicePresident Joe Biden, as some early reports suggested.
In 2011 the judges came under fire for a shortlist many, including the former poet laureate Andrew Motion, deemed too “readable.”
"to place (someone) on the 'short list' " for advancement or preferment, 1955, from short list (n.) in this sense, which is attested by 1927.