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|Date:||June 27th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)|| |
to be honest Bush is only half looking forward to the possibility of nominating a new justice.
As today's NYT reports, Republicans have a track record of appointing justices (including Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter) who didn't turn out as conservative as they were hoping.
The freedom of a life term can make for surprises. Supposedly, when President Eisenhower was asked if he'd made any mistakes as president, he said "yes, two. And they're both on the Supreme Court."
unfortunately conservatives will push for nothing but a true blue conservative - and i'm not sure Republican moderates would have enough votes to block it :( I don't see Rehnquist lasting till 2009, though. Mind you he's been solidly conservative; only Thomas and Scalia are further right, so I'm not sure how much worse a replacement could be!!