We expected Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to provide President Obama the opportunity to reshape the supreme court when she fell ill earlier this year. The opportunity to replace her on the US Supreme Court may still come but in the meantime, Obama must be in liberal ecstasy on the news of Justice David Souter’s retirement!
Following the news of Senator Specter’s defection to the Democratic Party, can anyone doubt the liberalization of Washington? As soon as the Minnesota Senatorial race is decided—likely in favor of Al Franken—the president will have the control he needs at the Capitol to effect the changes he wants in the Supreme Court.
Souter will remain on the bench through the end of the current session (late-June/early-July) and we can be sure there will be a confirmed appointee in time for the new session beginning in October.