Friday, July 01, 2005

O'Connor retires

In what I consier quite a shocker, Sandra Day O'Connor has retired. The crucial centrist swing vote in the vast majority of recent 5-4 decisions, O'Connor's resignation and Bush's likely appointment of a justice in the mold of Scalia is likely to significantly alter the balance of power on the court.

This should be a real test of the recent compromise over judicial nominees. What, exactly, would constitute the "exceptional circumstances" that will cause Democrats to fillibuster Bush's first SCOTUS nominee?

4 Comments:

Blogger Justin said...

No one has an opinion on the SCOTUS nomination?

Anyone have a prediction? Is Bush going to go with Gonzales or is he going to go with a more hard core right winger? Would the Democrats in the Senate see Gonzales as a compromise candidate or would his nomination come down to a party line vote again?

7/05/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Gonzales is an awful choice because the right-wingers think he's too liberal and the left-wingers think he's pro-torture. Only a political idiot would nominate Gonzales. Ergo, W will nominate Gonzales.

The real issue is as follows: When will Ben start a Tour de France post? :-)

7/05/2005 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

But isn't that exactly why Gonzales makes sense? The left will object, the right will object, and Bush can claim the center with a relatively conservtive nominee? He can certainly pick someone a notch or two further right to shore up the right wing, but that almost forces the Democrats into a fillibuster and sucks up the rest of the second term agenda.

And I am disappointed not to have read anything here about the Tour.

7/06/2005 02:03:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I don't know enough to have an opinion. I would think that most anyone who has significant experience has done things that people would object to. So the only way to avoid that is to pick from the private sector. Not impossible, but also sure to draw criticism.

7/06/2005 08:34:00 PM  

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