September 2, 2009

A new Supreme Court appointment for Obama?

Justice Stevens has only hired one clerk for next year, a sign that he may retire at the end of the term that begins next month.

16 comments:

Randy said...

Time, or Newsweek, will tell. (More than likely, Above the Law will before they do ;-)

EnigmatiCore said...

I hope he nominates a wise Filipino. Or maybe a Haitian.

traditionalguy said...

Unemployment everywhere.

Quayle said...

Yale graduate Van Jones would do nicely. He's the sort of statesman that our country sorely needs at this time.

Plus, his opinions would entertain countless law students in the future, what with calling appellants or appellees ass-holes and such.

Statesman.

daubiere said...

and then Ginsburg will retire the next term and obamma will get a third appointment. hmm do you think this was all a plan?

Hoosier Daddy said...

Hillary!!!

Randy said...

Deval Patrick, unless his poll numbers improve.

hdhouse said...

thank god there isn't a republican in sight for the next 7 years. can you imagine if Princess Bearclaw were president?...and having to explain to her what scotus was....my god she probably thinks its a male organ part.

chuck b. said...

"Souter's failure to hire clerks was the first signal..."

It was a "failure" on his part. That's kind of funny.

Law clerk hiring fail!

Chase said...

and having to explain to her what scotus was....my god she probably thinks its a male organ part.

People can have pet names for their privates all they want.


As long as the liberal Justices are the ones retiring, let Obama have at it.

Steven said...

Ungrateful bastards. Stevens and Souter were both appointed by Republicans, they should have retired when Bush was President.

MadisonMan said...

they should have retired when Bush was President.

Maybe the Republicans should have put together an electable ticket so they could have retired when they want and still have a Republican appoint their successor.

Kirby Olson said...

Obama's brother needs a job.

mccullough said...

Brennan and Marshall retired when George HW Bush was president, to be replaced by Souter and Thomas, which shifted the Court to the right.

White's replacement by Ginsburg shifted the Court to the left a little (Breyer is not as liberal as Blackmun so a slight shift back to the right).

Alito replacing O'Connor shifted the Court to the right a bit. (Roberts for Rehnquist seems to be somewhat of a wash).

I'd say the conservatives have had the upper hand and will continue to at least until after the next presidential election for judicial appointments.

It would be interesting if Souter's replacement, as well as possible replacements for Stevens and Ginsburg moved the liberal minority to the left. I don't see it going back as far left as Brennan and Marshall.

RLB_IV said...

The next appointment should be Hillary and then Bill! What fun we would have critiquing their decisions. We could all sing "Is that all their is" by Peggy Lee ,of coarse.

knox said...

my god she probably thinks its a male organ part.

Who's the one with male organs on the brain, hmmmmm???