This is news, but to me it isn’t really anything groundbreaking. Souter was a liberal on the court and, not surprisingly, Obama will replace him with another liberal, probably even more liberal.
This will reveal just how far Obama is willing to go in order to placate his left-wing base with an extremely liberal justice.
The news report:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, but his departure is unlikely to change its conservative-liberal split.
President Barack Obama’s first pick for the high court is likely to be a liberal-leaning nominee, much like Souter.
The White House has been told that Souter will retire in June, when the court finishes its work for the summer, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night. The retirement is likely to take effect only once a successor is confirmed.
The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Souter.
Souter had no comment Thursday night, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.
The vacancy could lead to another woman on the bench to join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently the court’s only female justice.
At 69, Souter is much younger than either Ginsburg, 76, or Justice John Paul Stevens, 89, the other two liberal justices whose names have been mentioned as possible retirees. Yet those justices have given no indication they intend to retire soon and Ginsburg said she plans to serve into her 80s, despite her recent surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Souter, a regular jogger, is thought to be in excellent health.
Interest groups immediately began gearing up.
“We’re looking for President Obama to choose an eminently qualified candidate who is committed to the core constitutional values, who is committed to justice for all and not just a few,” said Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice.
No doubt we will get a staunchly pro-abortion, pro-international law and anti-capitalist progressive on the bench in replacement of Souter. My personal fear is continued erosion of individual rights which is an attack on the very foundations of capitalism and this nation.
This will be the day when conservatives wish McCain had won as it would have meant the court may become more balanced rather than being a flamingly liberal arm of the left.
Either way, sounds like Ginsburg and Breyer might be close behind which will, again, be liberals replaced by liberals.