(Updates to follow)
Update: I might have started this piece first, but Kevin hit the “Publish” button before I did. Oh, well…
This could throw a serious monkey-wrench into the Court. Justice O’Connor has announced her retirement, but conditioned it upon the naming of “her successor.” Roberts was slated for that job, but now he’s Rehnquist’s succesor, not hers, so she could conceivably stay on the bench until Bush’s next nomination is confirmed.
The sentimental favorite for Bush’s second nominee has to be, at this point, Judge Edith Clement. not only was she was considered a finalist in the considerations when Roberts was chosen, she’s a woman like O’Connor and she’s from Louisiana — that’s two very compelling political arguments in her favor.
But I’m no veteran court watcher. I’ll leave that speculation to those who pay better attention to such matters.