Serious talk is in the air that Chief Justice William Rehnquist has already turned in his papers, and is off to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Further changes are possible too. Duane Patterson, Hugh Hewitt’s “Generalissimo” writes that as early as this fall, the Supreme Court will be remarkably different from the Sandra Day O’Connor-dominated “bend with the wind” version:
We are at a momentous time in history. This is a point in time when November could bring about the most responsible Supreme Court in memory. Could you imagine a Court that consisted of Chief Justice Michael Luttig, with Associate Justices Mike McConnell, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Emilio Garza (Justice Ginsberg doesn’t look too good, either), Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and Stephen Breyer? Six and a half to two and a half, in you count Kennedy as the wishy-washy one? It would be like Erwin Chemerinsky every week on the Hugh Hewitt Show…outmanned two to one.
Let’s hope the rumor mill is right this time. The more vacancies to fill, the harder it’s going to be for the Democrats to obstruct. They can block one seat, but blocking three without any justifiable reason just won’t wash with the American people.
Stay tuned for more details.