Could it be true?

by Sal on February 2, 2006

in Politics

I’m hoping beyond hope that this article from is accurate, which reports that Justice John Paul Stevens is preparing to retire, possibly this year, because he wants to retire under a Republican president (go figure.) If that is the case, prepare for the mother of all Supreme Court battles, in what could create a reliable 5-4 originalist majority for decades. Bring on Janice Rogers Brown!

Unfortunately, it probably is too good to be true. But that doesn’t mean I won’t keep wishing for it! Who knows, stranger things have happened!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike February 3, 2006 at 9:13 am

Oh boy. Here we go again.


Ryan February 3, 2006 at 9:35 am

Bring it on! Though, I do have trepidations like Mike may be articulating. It’s all about the pick. Alito voted with the libs yesterday, not quite noticing the legal nuances that Roberts, Thomas and Scalia noticed. Alito replaced O’Connor, but doesn’t have to pull her b.s. either!


Mike February 3, 2006 at 10:06 am

I was talking about the speculation which often lasts for months and winds up being meaningless because some liberal justice doesn’t know that it’s time to retire.


Cannon February 4, 2006 at 10:46 pm

Along these lines, I have an assignment for my Federal Courts class:

Assume that Justice Ginsburg has just announced her retirement, and that you advise the president. What are the three names you include on your short list. Include qualifications, and reasons for selecting them.


noonan February 6, 2006 at 11:06 am

On the topic of who the next nominee should be:

Put Santorum on the SCOTUS. He would be an excellent next choice because he’s not going to win reelection anyway, we know where he stands on all the major Constitutional issues, the Democrats have called for a Senator to be nominated, if his nomination is blocked it would boost his Senate campaign by increasing his profile, he’s a Pro-Life judge Specter and other RINOs can’t break ranks on because he’s a colleague and from the same state as Specter, he’s young & healthy, and JRB would have more time to build up her credentials on the DC/Ct of App. His nomination would split the Dems, unify the Republicans, and move the Court firmly to a more originalist / strict construction direction. What do you think?


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