Friday, June 24, 2005

Gonzales to replace O'Connor on Bench?

O'Connor, Not Rehnquist?

There will be a Supreme Court resignation within the next week. But it will be Justice O'Connor, not Chief Justice Rehnquist. There are several tea-leaf-like suggestions that O'Connor may be stepping down, including the fact that she has apparently arranged to spend much more time in Arizona beginning this fall.

President Bush will appoint Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to replace O'Connor. Bush certainly wants to put Gonzales on the Supreme Court. Presidents usually find a way to do what they want to do.

Gonzales is NOT a conservative's dream appointment to the Supreme Court...but considering the circumstances it is probably the best we can hope for. He would be replacing a judge who is no more but maybe less conservative than he is. Plus, it would be harder for Democrats to defeat the first Hispanic nominee to the bench and nominating a more moderate judge first will set Bush up to appoint a strong conservative to replace Rehnquist who will most assuredly be the next to go.


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