Due to my crazy schedule and so many other news stories, I allowed the whole Justice Stevens topic to slip past me. Oops, my bad!
Even though Gerald Ford appointed Stevens, he turned out to be a liberal justice. That being said, Obama picking his replacement will have no impact on the makeup of the court. Republicans are talking about filibustering Obama’s nominee, if that nominee turns out to be radical.
Personally, I think they should save the fireworks just in case one of the conservative justices must be replaced during Obama’s term. What Republicans should do in this instance is to use the nomination process to raise questions about the Constitution, especially where state’s rights are concern. With 18 states now looking to sue over ObamaCare, state’s rights are going to be a major issue. Furthermore such a discussion would serve as a Constitutional refresher course for the public at large.
Obama’s short list for justices once again looks like he is shopping for a female justice. There is even mention of Janet Napolitano as a justice. That would be a disaster. After Janet’s “the system worked” comment, Republicans could easily question her competence and I think much of the public would agree.
Today the latest name being mentioned is former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice Leah Ward Sears, a black woman. She is said to be a friend of Justice Clarence Thomas and was appointed by Mell Zeller. Make no mistake she is a lefty, but she doesn't appear to be way out there in lefty land.
Via: The Washington Post
Via: Political Punch