April 9, 2010

NOW OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER:

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring (MARK SHERMAN, 4/09/10, Associated Press)

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. [...]

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.


Thankfully, there is zero chance that his replacement will be as liberal as Nixon/Ford picks were.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2010 10:38 AM
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