Saturday, June 25, 2005

Supreme Court Vacancy Soon?

A flurry of meetings seems to confirm the recent speculation that Chief Justice Rehnquist will step down as soon as this term of the court ends, probably next week. If Rehnquist does retire, this will be the first Supreme Court vacancy in 11 years. The resulting confirmation battle in the Senate over whomever Bush nominates will make this summer very interesting.

Will Pres. Bush nominate a solid conservative or a squish? What tactics will the liberals adopt to defeat the nominee, or at least to tar Bush in the process? Will the 7 Democrats who signed the compromise deal on judicial filibusters honor their pledge not to filibuster except in extraordinary circumstances? As I said, it will be an interesting summer Washington.

(Hat tip to Confirm Them)

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