Pangloss Posted May 1, 2009 Share Posted May 1, 2009 Thankfully in a good way -- Justice Souter is stepping down at the end of the current session (June). Souter is generally considered part of the liberal side of the court's current socio-political balance (though he was actually placed there by Bush 41), so his Obama replacement would be unlikely to change the balance. With a 60-seat majority in the Senate any confirmation will likely be pro-forma, so it could be someone much farther to the left. On the other hand the president runs the risk of angering moderate conservatives with an extreme candidate. So this could be an interesting decision for that reason. IMO Obama will pick someone considered liberal but also fair and impartial, and with a record of counter-indicative decisions (supporting the conservative direction, indicating impartiality). Here's an article at the New York Times with some info: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/us/01souter.html?global-home Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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