Friday, July 01, 2005

O'Connor goes, Rehnquist stays?

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor submitted her resignation today in a letter to President Bush. My gut feeling is that the GOP-controlled Senate will either rush to get a nominee through now, or wait until after summer recess. I think the GOP learned their lesson after letting Robert Bork wither on the vine all summer long in 1987 before being rejected that October. Alberto Gonzales, the current Attorney General, is near the top of most SCOTUS replacement lists. His tortured (pardon the expression) memo explaining why the Geneva Convention does not apply to Gitmo prisoners is the perfect practice for joining the Conservative wing of the Court. After all, Scalia, Thomas and Co. are paragons of judicial restraint, until they want to achieve conservative goals - then they're just as activist as the liberal wing has been over the past 40 years.


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