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Away From Home

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Could we have 3 retirements?

Interesting note from Professor Bainbridge:


I got an email today from a reliable source opining that Justice John Paul Stevens will retire this summer if, but only if, CJ Rehnquist steps down. The theory is that Stevens will be willing to let Bush fill his slot only if there are so many spots available that Bush will feel free and/or pressure to nominate at least one moderate. If true, my guess is that the three slots would go to: Alberto Gonzales, probably as Chief, since he's Bush's closest judicial friend and Bush seems so eager to appoint the first Hispanic; Edith Jones (or possibly Janice Rogers Brown) so that a woman replaces O'Connor; and Michael McConnell to make both business and social conservatives happy. Let's see Tradesports figure out a contract for that one!


Strangely enough, 3 appointments might actually run more smoothly than 1.

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