Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Souter retires

Tell me this wasn't the first thing that popped into your head when you heard the news.

I like it much better when a Supreme Court Justice retires instead of, you know, dying. Because all anyone can talk about when a Justice dies is who his replacement will be. This way, we get to frantically figure out who the replacement will be and then later on, we can reflect on Souter's legacy. Unless you want to do so here in the comments, of course.

Nah, just kidding. Who's his replacement going to be?


Dr. Strangelove said...

That's funny... I just finished my post, and suddenly I see two new posts from LTG and Bell Curve about the same topic. Sorry to step on your toes! Apparently we all blogged at the same time, and I was slower :-)

Dr. Strangelove said...

[I am moving the text of my subsequent "Souter" post to this comment, and deleting it. One thread will do!]

It appears Supreme Court Justice David Souter will retire in June. Although he was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush, Justice Souter has been counted among the court's liberal wing for quite some time, so his retirement should not engender any dramatic changes in the Court.

I think it is a very good bet that President Obama will choose a woman or minority to replace him, in an attempt to make the Court look a little more representative of the nation. (Women and minorities together constitute most of the nation, but the corresponding set of Supreme Court justices throughout history contains only two white women and two black men. No other minority races have been represented.) Actually, I would bet Obama will appoint someone who is both a woman and a minority.

Raised By Republicans said...

Souter's legacy...Jurist, Humanitarian and Nerd.

Pombat said...

Anyone got a non-Hulu link for the video? Hulu only spins clockwise :-(

Raised By Republicans said...


Have you tried standing on your head while you try to download it?

The Law Talking Guy said...

Obama has shown little proclivity to nominating minority-race candidates for anything. His cabinet is whiter than Bush's was, actually. I suspect he will nominate a white woman.

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The Law Talking Guy said...

I hope he picks a politician with a legal background, like an Attorney General, not just a judge. A politician on the court will have the personality to connect with Kennedy and persuade. O'Connor was a legislator, you know, and that was her talent.

Who are possible candidates? Again, Janet Napolitano would have been good. Some suggest Jennifer Granholm (Gov-Mich) but I am skeptical. Hillary Clinton would also have worked, I think, but she's got a decent job now.

What about Senator Dianne Feinstein? Being the second-ranking member on Judiciary Cmte, this could be quite easy. She might want the job too, if Arnie would agree to appoint a Dem.

I suspect, however, that Obama will choose a judge, possibly an acaedmic. This is not my first choice. No offense to anyone on this blog, but academics tend to be doctrinaire rather than pragmatic and political, and their track record on the Supreme Court is poor.

bell curve said...

Pombat -- here's a transcript.

Homer: We played Dungeons & Dragons for three hours! Then I was slain by an elf.
Bart: Listen to yourself, man: you're hangin' with nerds.
Homer: You take that back!
Marge: Homer, please! These boys sound very nice, but they're clearly nerds.
Homer: Really? But nerds are my mortal enemy!
Lisa: Dad, nerds are nothing to fear. In fact, they've done some pretty memorable things. Some nerds of note include popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher, rock star David Byrne, and Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Homer: [gasp] Oh, not Souter! Oh, no!

Raised By Republicans said...

Ooo! Feinstein to the Court would free up a Committee Chairmanship for Specter!