Friday, May 01, 2009

Souter to Retire

Obama will get his first crack at the Supreme Court sooner than expected, and not the slot most were expecting...
Souter to Retire in June
Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, giving President Barack Obama his first chance to fill a vacancy on the high court.

The White House has been told that Souter will retire in June, when the court finishes its work for the summer, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night. He almost certainly would remain on the bench until a successor is confirmed.

There'll be no shift, since Souter had been a fairly reliable liberal vote, despite being a Republican appointee. Let's hope Obama aims waaay left, and picks someone like 30-yers-old.

Or, he could make Clarence Thomas' life a living hell and pick Anita Hill. How awesome would that be?

3 comments:

Smitty said...

I love how the republican talking machines are insisting that this too is "good for republicans," which is what they have said about pretty much everything so far. How's that going for them, by the way?

Mr Furious said...

Well, to a point, it IS good for Republicans—or t least not a net negative.

They will play up the fact that Souter was appointed by a Republican (Bush 41) and that Obama needs to keep that in mind picking a replacement. The media will fall in line behind that frame and anyone on the left side of the spectrum at all will be cast as extreme.

Bank on it.

Patrick Cavan Brown said...

anita hill! funny.