Quick Hit: Justice Stevens is Resigning

Via Washington Post.

Liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will resign, giving President Barack Obama his second high court appointment and setting up a potential partisan election-year Senate confirmation battle.
Stevens, one of the oldest and longest-serving justices in history, said in a statement that he sent a letter to the White House notifying Obama of his retirement. Stevens, 89, joined the court in 1975.

It’s gonna be a hot summer!

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  • Comrade Kevin

    And, since the proposed first choice is a woman, we would be closer to true parity on SCOTUS.

  • davenj

    As it stands right now my money’s on Elena Kagan or Merrick Garland.
    Elena Kagan’s a bit less of a moderate than Garland, but Obama’s clearly concerned about legacy, and Kagan’s only 49, so she could conceivably serve for thirty years on the bench, which would be a huge coup for him.
    Garland, however, might be easier to build a consensus around.
    As for Diane Woods, I know her name is getting tossed about, but given her work with Blackmun and definitive abortion position I’d consider her a distant third at this point. These confirmation hearings are going to occur very close to the 2010 midterms, and that means that they need to go smoothly so as not to give fodder to Republicans, especially if there’s a chance that Woods’ nomination could get defeated by a coalition of Republicans and anti-abortion Democrats led by Ben Nelson.

  • MishaKitty

    I’m going for Diane Wood.
    I knew Stevens would be retiring soon. He’ll be missed on the bench for sure.

  • IAmGopherrr

    Better be another liberal! Its good all these justices are leaving while Obamas in office. Gawd knows what would result if Bush/Palin/any republicans were in office instead. Sadly I think Roe v Wade would indeed be revoked if that were the case.