What Is True/Slant?
275+ knowledgeable contributors.
Reporting and insight on news of the moment.
Follow them and join the news conversation.

Apr. 9 2010 - 11:21 am | 295 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Justice John Paul Stevens to retire from Supreme Court bench; Get ready for the fire this time

Justice John Paul Stevens' official portrait f...

Image via Wikipedia

Contemplating the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, I think Jeffrey Toobin put it best in his New Yorker profile a few weeks ago:

When Stevens leaves, the Supreme Court will be just another place where Democrats and Republicans fight.

If Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the bench was a trip across the Atlantic in a canoe, confirming whoever will succeed Justice Stevens is going to be like the voyage across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.

Bear in mind that Justice Sotomayor is a woman with decades of experience as a judge, and has never shown herself to be a radical in any of her rulings. And yet Republicans in the Senate and their conservative allies on the outside hurled every epithet they could imagine at her politics.

That all came prior to the nine months of political poison we endured in the course of the never-ending health care reform debate. And even before that all went down, before the town halls and the bricks through windows, before ‘You lie!’ and ‘It’s a baby killer!’ Senator Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who is the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Minority Member, declared in a speech after Sotomayor’s next session that he would fight with even more teeth and nails against whoever President Obama picks next. His speech last August is worth watching again in its entirety:

So, it’s going to be ugly.

For some interesting thoughts about what’s coming next, check out Robert Iafolla on whether or not someone like Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who has never served as a judge, could serve as a judge, and also Kate Klonick’s interview with ex-NY Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse which looks at Kagan.


3 Total Comments
Post your comment »
  1. collapse expand

    Justice stevens should be the poster boy for 4 years maximum service on the supreme court

    RE:Bear in mind that Justice Sotomayor is a woman with decades of experience as a judge, and has never shown herself to be a radical in any of her rulings.

    Easy to say, but not so easy to prove

Log in for notification options
Comments RSS

Post Your Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment

Log in with your True/Slant account.

Previously logged in with Facebook?

Create an account to join True/Slant now.

Facebook users:
Create T/S account with Facebook

My T/S Activity Feed


    About Me

    I'm waiting for the day when I can get the news directly into my brain. Until then, I'll be lit up by the electric glow of screens, chasing the latest breaking like the hopeless news junkie I am. Ever since the Encyclopaedia Britannica tried to launch a web portal ten years ago, I've seen many ends of the online news spectrum, from my time as a political news reporter for both RawStory.com and the Huffington Post to the better part of a year I spent running the late New York Sun's website. There have been a lot of other stops in between. Now I am your homepage editorial overlord. But I haven't let it go to my head. Yet.

    See my profile »
    Followers: 336
    Contributor Since: November 2008
    Location:True/Slant's Mountain Lair

    What I'm Up To

    • The Morningside Post

      I’m a founding editor of The Morningside Post, the community blog for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs


    • 2960885091_89af285ac5_moff off wall street

      where I go to write

      things too impolite

      for work

    • +O
    • +O