Associated Press: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Retiring
Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed “well in advance of the commencement of the court’s next term.”
Stevens’ announcement leaves ample time for the White House to settle on a successor and for Senate Democrats, who control a 59-vote majority, to hold confirmation hearings and a vote before the court’s next term begins in October. Republicans have not ruled out attempts to delay confirmation.
Obviously, I’m going to want to spend a little more time on this. For now, though, while I figure out exactly what to say about trading for a younger leftist on the Court and about Barack Obama’s own judicial tendencies, we’ll just have to settle for a little prediction:
Barack Obama will scour the country for the only half-black, half-Asian, half-Native American, half-Inuit, disabled, dyslexic, balding, blind, deaf, female, gay, Muslim judge and will immediately ignore all of her radical activist history and nominate her for the Supreme Court. Republicans who oppose her on grounds of her prior decisions will automatically be deemed anti-black, anti-Asian, anti-Native American, anti-Inuit, anti-disability, anti-learning disability, anti-follicularly challenged, anti-women’s rights, anti-gay Islamophobes.