A Supreme Finale

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Filed Under General on Apr 30 

Souter

Honestly, are all the planets in alignment for Obama this year or what? The latest developing news is that David Souter is pining for his home in New Hampshire, and wants to retire at the end of the current court term in June. This would mean that Pres Obama gets his first chance to make his own nomination to the Supreme Court.

This is huge. Souter was not even on the consideration list of potential retirees. Ruth B Ginsberg (health) and John Paul Stevens (age) were the two most likely to step down off the bench within the next 2-3 years. But Souter wants to return home and leave DC, so he’s made his intentions clear.

While it doesn’t change the line up of liberal and conservative judges, it allow Obama to extend the lifeline of the liberal judges’ presence on the court, and could get at least one other crack at either replacing other retiring liberal judges, or even upset the apple cart and change the dominance altogether.

So you’re the president of the US, holding a filibuster proof majority, riding a 2-1 favorable rating, earning kudos about your historic first 100 days in office.

Here’s the Q:
– Do you elect a radical leftist to the bench? Or do you fill it with a liberal-moderate, knowing the odds are in your favor to make another nominee within the next 3 years?

– Do you roll the dice and swing for the fences, or do you earn some chips from the moderate voting bloc to use at a later time?

– Not that race is an issue, mind you, but who might be the likeliest candidates – a man, woman, and/or minority?

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