Saturday, July 09, 2005

Three vacancies?

Wow, Bush might be given the chance to really alter the face of the Supreme Court by getting to fill three - yes, you read right, three - vacancies. You already know about Sandra Day O'Connor. You might have guessed about Reinqueist. But have you heard the speculation about John Paul Stevens?

Dirty Harry over at GOP Vixen links to this from Redstate:

Third party sources are now telling me that the John Paul Stevens rumor is true and that the White House is now planning for a third vacancy, but not until the end of the year. Third party sources, who I treat as credible, say that Stevens has begun taking actions in his personal life to make arrangements for personal affairs. It is presumed that Stevens is taking steps to retire. A separate third party source tells me that Ginsberg is not expected to retire, as her health is fine. Stevens has reportedly sent signals that he will retire once replacements for both O'Connor and Rehnquist have been confirmed.

There is so much more at stake here than just changing the face of the SCOTUS. Many political careers are about to be either furthered or destroyed. The entire political landscape heading into the 2006 and 2008 elections could be turned on its ear. It will definitely be interesting to see who survives, who triumphs and who crashes and burns. And I'm not just talking about the SCOTUS nominees.