Friday, April 9, 2010

John Paul Stevens Retiring

Just when I thought Stupak's retirement would be the big news of the day comes the news Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will retire:
Stevens says he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July…

The leading candidates to replace Stevens are Solicitor General Elena Kagan, 49, and federal appellate Judges Merrick Garland, 57, and Diane Wood, 59.

Stevens’ departure will not change the court’s conservative-liberal split because Obama is certain to name a liberal-leaning replacement. But the new justice is not likely to be able to match Stevens’ ability to marshal narrow majorities in big cases.
Benedict Arlen Specter recently worried about Stevens' retirement this year:
SPECTER: I hope [unintelligible] that Justice Stevens does not retire this year. I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster, which will tie up the Senate with the Supreme Court nominee. I think that if a year passes, there is a much better chance we can come to a consensus.
The timing for this is brutal for Democrats who already face a tough fight in the midterms in November. Arlen's worrying here for good reason, the last thing Democrats need is a protracted fight in September over a liberal Supreme Court appointee.  Liberal talking heads are busy spinning this as threatening to Republicans who can't risk looking more obstructionist than they have been painted by the liberal media and Democrats.  I would think it is not going out on a limb to suggest Specter was worrying for a reason that had absolutely nothing to do with the possibility Republicans would appear more obstructionist.

Stay tuned for more developments at Memeorandum

Surely there can't be more retirements on the horizon, right?  Wrong, Barney Fwank wants to work for a bank.


  1. I was praying for the good health and long life of the SCOTUS least until after 2012. There's a buzz that Cass Sunstein may be on the short list for SCOTUS appointment...can you imagine?!

  2. Would anything surprise me anymore from this group? Heaven help us if they go with Sunstein. There will be heavy pressure from the left to go for it though with this nominee.


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