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Friday, July 01, 2005

For real this time,

Sandra Day O'Connor has retired.

This is going to be the best nomination battle ever.


  • Allright, now you got it.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 9:57 AM  

  • Is it really going to be that much of a battle, though? With Clarence Thomas it was interesting because the Democrats controlled the Senate, so there was a chance that Bush Sr. would lose. How can anyone envision Bush Jr. not getting his man? I know, I know, Bolton, but that's not the same. A Republican who votes against a Bush Supreme Court nominee had better be ready to lose the next Republican primary.

    By Blogger MDS, at 10:58 AM  

  • The Democrats can and will use the filibuster in this fight, because O'Connor was the single most important Supreme Court Justice of this court. She was the swing vote on every important issue.

    If Rhenquist retires, it's no big deal, they replace a conservative with a conservative. With O'Connor the Republicans can shift the entire balance of power.

    The Democrats will put up some mighty resistance here, and I think they'll be able to keep a coalition together.

    If I were in Bush's position, I would nominate my most conservative possibility first and let the Dems win, and then go more moderate. Otherwise, it's going to be a while.

    It will also be interesting to see if he feels compelled to nominate a woman.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:24 AM  

  • Best or worst... I hate the partisan screaming and posturing. At least it gives me something interesting to follow this summer.

    Actually Thomas' nomination will likely still be the worst because pubic hair on a coke can was the media focus instead paying any attention to the actual cause of the fight (his strict constructionism).

    I hope Bush nominates a principled conservative (e.g. McConnell) and not an advocate (e.g. Brown).

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 7:44 PM  

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