July 1, 2005

Actual News Blogging

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 1, 2005 10:33 PM

I haven't really been keeping up with the news while in Italy, but I did see that Justice O'Connor is retiring. This isn't too surprising, is it? She did appoint Bush to the presidency in the first place, presumably she's amenable to him appointing her successor.

The real question, of course, is what kind of ultraconservative horror Bush will dig up as the nominee. The idea that he might pick a moderate candidate is laughable. I'm betting on the rotting, shambling zombie corpse of Joe McCarthy.

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It will be interesting to see which way this goes. I was at dinner with a guy Thursday night who's a lawyer in Washington and pretty plugged into the scene up there. He thinks the Bush strategy will be to elevate Scalia to the Chief Justice position in exchange for picking someone non-controversial for Scalia's seat. He clearly thinks Rehnquist will step down before the next term. But this was before the SDO resignation so I don't know if it still holds.

Posted by: Dad | July 2, 2005 5:06 AM

Cthulhu for Supreme Court Justice!

Hey, it could happen...

Posted by: Mason | July 2, 2005 9:53 AM

That would seem like an uncharacteristically defensive strategy for this administration. Trading Rehnquist for a moderate conservative would be a net shift to the left for this court, wouldn't it? Looking at the way they kicked and screamed over the tiny fraction of appellate court judges that weren't getting confirmed, I get the sense that they aren't going to shy away from any big Senate battles. (Of course, a Washington lawyer is obviously going to be much better informed than I am...)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | July 2, 2005 11:22 PM
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