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I am an avid golfer who enjoys political discourse and quantum physics. I believe that regardless of politics that reality eventually intervenes.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Supreme Court Justice O'Conner Retires

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner resigned on July 1, 2005 after 24 years of service. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and, of course, was appointed by a Republican, Ronald Reagan.

Here is the text of her resignation ...
Dear President Bush:

This is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor. It has been a great privilege, indeed, to have served as a member of the court for 24 terms. I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the court and its role under our constitutional structure.


Sandra Day O'Connor

Interestingly, Wiliam Kristol predicted this 9 days earlier. has a plethora of columns mostly singing her praises. I think Justice O'Conner served admirably, although, I wished she had been more conservative. See the SCOTUS blog for more information on Justice O'Conner.

Here are some possible replacements from RealClearPolitics.

I'm sure the Democrats will make this an ugly fight and twist as many rules as possible. It is to be expected that the Democrats will play as dirty as possible to stall whoever is nominated. I hope the Republicans finally give them what's coming to them.

Fred Barnes thinks the White House is ready this time.

Robert Novak expresses concern about one possible replacement, Gonzales. He also correctly characterizes the Democrats response as "nominate someone we like or you will have a bitter fight on your hands". No kidding, really? I'm confident Bush will nominate someone conservative and take it to the Democrats.

I find it ironic that Kennedy who killed a woman and dodged the legal process has a say about who is nominated. But that's just me.