My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Let The Line Change Begin

In recent weeks, as it does every year at this time, speculation has run rampant about Supreme Court retirements. For the last few years, such speculation has been baseless; but everybody seemed to agree that, at the very least, the Chief would step down thanks to his cancer.

Well, the changes have started:Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.

O'Connor, 75, said she expects to leave before the start of the court's next term in October, or whenever the Senate confirms her successor. There was no immediate word from the White House on who might be nominated to replace O'Connor.

It's been 11 years since the last opening on the court, one of the longest uninterrupted stretches in history. O'Connor's decision gives Bush his first opportunity to appoint a justice.

Let the games begin. Let's see. . . do you suppose the first statement out of the Dems might be measured? Or are we looking for the usual "we'll block everybody that the President might like?" Anybody want to take bets?

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