Rehnquist To Retire

Confirm Them reports that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will step down within four weeks. Rehnquist is battling cancer, and his long-term odds aren’t all that good. Rehnquist’s been an accomplished jurist and an excellent public servant, and the Court will be losing a great Chief Justice when he steps down.

The article points out Judge Michael W. McConnell as a possible replacement. McConnell is one of several strong contenders to be either an associate or Chief Justice. The question is how contentious the political fight in getting a qualified justice confirmed will be. The Democrats have promised that they will only filibuster a judicial nominee under “extreme circumstances” — which of course means that any judicial nominee who is remotely religious or doesn’t meet their strict liberal litmus test will face quite an uphill battle.

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  1. The Dems have little to gain by making a big to-do about Rehnquist’s replacement. We all know what’s gonna happen. Bush will nominate the judicial equivalent of John Bolton, the most radical right-wing madman he can find who wears a black robe into American courts, and bait the Democrats into breaking their end of the filibuster deal. Even though 60% of Americans are likely to oppose Bush’s SCJ nominee, Democrats will still lose the PR battle if they attempt to filibuster.

    The worst-case scenario is that another conservative rubber stamp will replace the existing conservative rubber stamp Rehnquist. The Democrats would be well-advised to “respectfully disagree” with Bush’s nomination and vote against him with a 40+ margin…..and then save the real fight for when O’Connor retires.

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