Thursday, June 23, 2005


Latest rumor: O'Connor to step down next week

Since no one can get enough of the federal judiciary, the latest rumor - as read in The Daily Standard - says that it is O'Connor that will step down next week and not Chief Justice Rehnquist. This makes sense. First, I met with Justice O'Connor in 2002 and 2003. She is not in the best of health and appeared quite frail. Second, as Orin Kerr at Volokh writes, O'Connor has not hired a fourth clerk for the upcoming year.

The second part of the rumor is what steams me. Mark my words - if Alberto Gonzales is Bush's nominee to replace O'Connor, then this conservative has had enough of President George W. Bush. I will be in Washington immediately to voice my opinions to everyone who will listen. If a supposedly pro-life President Bush appoints a pro-choice Gonzales to SCOTUS...

Let's just say that there will be enough conservatives "obstructing" President Bush that the Democrats will have plenty of company. And I pity the GOP Senators that squire Gonzales through Senate Judiciary and the floor vote. They do so at their own political peril, because campaigning in the snow of New Hampshire isn't as far away as you think.

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