A Rehnquist Retirement Rumor
seems to be making the rounds. I guess we'll find out tomorrow. Assuming the rumors are true, anyone want to guess if there will be a third?
Ugh (mail):
Stevens will be a justice until (a) there is a Democratic president; or (b) he leaves the building feet first.
7.7.2005 8:23pm
The latest rumor on the street is that Ginsburg will retire as well, but perhaps not until year end. Supposedly her health is quite poor.
7.7.2005 8:27pm
James Kolbert (mail):
If Bush gets three Supreme Court nominations, then he will be able to overturn Roe v. Wade. Democrats will have to seriously re-think their approach to winning elections. One must hold power to exercise it, after all.

I also think that it will result not in further radicalization, but in the decision to ditch more radical elements of the party.
7.7.2005 10:57pm
Larry (mail):
Beyond Rehenquist, Bush seems bound to get one or two or even three more. Mr. Justice Stevens, though alert now, could easily fade fast and be forced to retire. Apart from Mrs. Ginsburg, Breyer, Souter, and Scalia are all 69, if I'm not mistaken. That is over retirement age for most people, and stroke-bait, too. Even Clarence Thomas is not immortal. My bet in this ghoulish game is Bush will get at least three appointments before he leaves in 2009.
7.8.2005 3:18am
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the last thing the Democrats will have to do is re-think how to win elections. Elections would fall into their lap.

Republican politicians do far better by keeping Roe as a hot issue, energizing their base by campaigning against it, but falling just short in their efforts to overturn it. If they actually succeeded, they would only serve to energize a much larger base of pro-choice voters on the other side.
7.8.2005 12:27pm
Goober (mail):
Come, come now, Steve: I have been on the street, and the only rumours I have heard are that 50 Cent and the Game still have beef.

And technically speaking, I suspect that the era of Democrats never losing elections again will only come about once Roe is overturned and Oklahoma actually sends a woman or her doctor to jail for the crime of abortion. But you are precisely correct in other respects.
7.8.2005 12:40pm
Cheburashka (mail):
I heard this rumor too.

I don't think it makes any sense for him to retire before O'Connor's replacement is confirmed. And if Ginsburg were interested in retiring before 2009, I suspect she would choose to do it now, to coincide with the others and let democrats in the Senate lobby for a trade.
7.8.2005 3:06pm