Liberal-leaning Justice Souter to retire

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.

  • JD

    The Sky is falling!!!! OMG… THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

  • Path

    Remember Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. And was president of the Harvard Law Review. Then after some law firm work he spent 12 years as a professor teaching Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. I think he might be more knowledgable on law than your average commentator.

    Can you provide some examples of this “flamingly liberal arm of the left.”

    thank god the court was behind the left in 2000 for Bush v. Gore

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I’d feel worse if–you know–Justice Thomas were being replaced.

  • Bill Hedges

    So glad Sadi family helped pay for Obama education. No wonder he bowed

  • “Can you provide some examples of this “flamingly liberal arm of the left.””

    When I’m done laughing at either your ignorance or your naivety, I’ll gather some things.

    Here’s a thought though, did it ever occur to you that maybe Bush won in 2000 legitimately? Please, though, do not go down that road for I will not respond to that discussion, it is pointless.

    The court decided to give enemy combatants the right to US courts, a liberal position.

    The court decided to strike down state abortion bans, a liberal position.

    There are many others, though I’m working and don’t have time to thoroughly rebut you.

    I’ll finish this later.. I’m sure others will chime in.

  • Path

    “So glad Sadi family helped pay for Obama education. No wonder he bowed”

    You have to do some citing for that one.

    “The court decided to give enemy combatants the right to US courts, a liberal position.” Or a constitutional one. Or do you think we should hold prisoners forever without trial?

    “The court decided to strike down state abortion bans, a liberal position.” Or a constitution one based on Roe v. Wade

    “Here’s a thought though, did it ever occur to you that maybe Bush won in 2000 legitimately?”

    With the Supreme Court ruling on it, it doesn’t matter. But if the court is so far left like you claim why didn’t the court rule the other way. it was a 5-4 decision.

    I know its hard to deal with an educated person. They might know more than you do. We’re not dealing with a C average president anymore that failed at every business his father gave him.

  • Bill Hedges

    I said

    “So glad Sadi family helped pay for Obama education. No wonder he bowed”

    Path said
    “You have to do some citing for that one”

    Don’t tell me you don’t know this either???? MAN. Ask any Conservative here. We watch Fox

    You need education on you political views…Geee

  • Path

    Please cite then. Fox has been known to say untruths before

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    Fox. Yeah. With your shown knowlege. Please..Do it yourself or ask DDMao, CG, or Nate. I remember you saying America spends more on Military than the world. Committes, etc

  • Path

    You still have to back up what you say. I did some basic google searches and couldn’t find much

    This Pew survey show Fox News Viewers are more uninformed than most. A comedey show’s viewers are smarter than fox news viewers.
    http://people-press.org/report/319/public-knowledge-of-current-affairs-little-changed-by-news-and-information-revolutions

  • Path

    You still have to back up what you say. I did some basic google searches and couldn’t find much

    This Pew survey show Fox News Viewers are more uninformed than most. A comedey show’s viewers are smarter than fox news viewers.

    (The link will be above but its still under moderation) This site is slooow

  • Bill Hedges

    PATH

    As a liberal…never mind. Somebody else will discuss with you I am sure

  • “We’re not dealing with a C average president anymore that failed at every business his father gave him.”

    You’re right, it’s even worse.

    We’re dealing with an arrogant, inexperienced fool who never ran a business, never worked as an executive, worshiped communist radicals, believes in socialist policies, has never produced an original birth certificate, lied to people during the campaign, has broken countless promises, is terribly liberal and worst of all, doesn’t care about solving problems, only cares about installing his socialist world views on the country.

    Oh, I almost forgot. His administration is just 100 days old and numerous cabinet appointees were scandal-ridden. Furthermore, Obama has not yet over a dozen positions in the Treasury Department because he’s incompetent as a leader.

    If Bush had done or said half the things Obama has in 100 days, you’d be crucifying him.

    So yeah, you got a real winner there. This is a joke to even debate.

  • Path

    Bill,
    Why do you want other people to do your work for you? You made a claim and now you have to prove it. I’ve already caught you in at last two lies so far. Whenever it happens you just leave the conversation.

    Nate,

    “This is a joke to even debate.”

    Your right especially when you bring up crap about his birth certificate. Do you think there’s some kind of massive conspiracy going on since he was born for him to become president. Hawaii just thought it would be fun to lie to everyone. You guys are just as bad as the 9/11 truthers.

    I didn’t know it was a requirement to run a business or work as an executive to be president. I must have missed that part in the constitution. We need fresh blood, it’s good for the system.

    You guys just hear rumors on fox or Limbaugh or whatever then you go around and report them as fact. You can never back up what you say and then when you try you end up proving my point. Like bill has so wonderfully.

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    You wish to be insulting, Insensitive in language(I will use term gay), and all round heal.

    I am to ignore and answer you.

    No. An out right apology and change in behavior might get results you are asking for.

    You seem to play games. personal am not playing. You can’t force another to argue, I wish to discuss

  • Path

    You told be to go f*** myself if I remember correctly.

    “You seem to play games”

    Asking for sources is games? Gotcha I guess conservatives kryptonite is the truth

  • Bill Hedges

    You conviently forgot reason for my saying that. That was stated before I said ” f*** myself “

  • Path

    Why don’t we both just drop th insults and you can finally cite some sources

  • Bill Hedges

    You start insulting and expect me to stay pure and not give you the f. Read 331pm. Again. Less u forget …You do as you wish. 331pm needs to be done completely ,in my book, by
    you. But, Please you

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    Where did I say:

    “Asking for sources is games?”

  • Path

    Its what you seem to be implying. You made a statement about Obama’s education. I asked you for a source. Then you claimed it was common knowledge (and you were being insulting, but i’ll let that slide.) I asked for sources agian. Then you called liberal and passed the buck to someone else. I asked for sources. And you said I was playing games. What games am I playing?

    Bill your track record here hasn’t been too good latley. I thought you were better than that. So either you can back it up or its another lie.

  • Path,

    This site is simply a site for people who like to label themselves with the word “conservative.” If you do not share the same views as these people than reading the articles here or talking to the people who comment here then there is no point for you to be here. I learned this a long time ago.

    The people here have basically sworn an oath to their belief systems and are not going to sway, ever.

    Honestly I think all the talk here is generally worthless and does not serve any cause other than giving a group of people a place to rant. This site does not help to either solve problems or even come up with ideas on how to solve problems.

    It’s just a place that points fingers, plays the blame game, and bash anyone who thinks otherwise.

    Now I don’t mind this because everyone needs a place to rant and blow off steam. Yet my advice to you PATH is to find your place, unless you enjoy being the underdog in a losing argument. But if that is what you enjoy, you may as well get married to a woman, it would serve the same purpose, plus you’ll have a person to sleep with.

    A president would have a hard time making my life bad. Therefore I have no need to rant about them. I just laugh at those who do (cry about it).

  • Path

    Kendale thanks for the heads up. I stumbled on this site off a google image search, completley random chance. I knew what I was getting into after reading a few posts. I was up for a challenge and I guess I needed to blow off some steam too. The main news sit I visit has gotten too big and while the comments section is hilarious the politics is basically a echo chamber. ( Fark . com) btw)I may be an underdog but in no way am I on the side of the losing argument. I feel like Leon Festinger studying cognitive dissonance.

  • Bill Hedges

    Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    Path

    Where did I say:

    “Asking for sources is games?”

    Give my quote

  • Path

    Why don’t you read what I said. It was implied. This is what you do when you can’t back up what you say.

  • Bill Hedges

    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    Path

    You wish to be insulting, Insensitive in language(I will use term gay), and all round heal.

    I am to ignore and answer you.

    No. An out right apology and change in behavior might get results you are asking for.

    You seem to play games. personal am not playing. You can’t force another to argue, I wish to discuss

    path says”. I was up for a challenge and I guess I needed to blow off some steam too. ”

    Sounds like games I was referring to
    ….

    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    You conviently forgot reason for my saying that. That was stated before I said ” f*** myself “

    Obvious reason is ” ” would tell my reason. You did not wish to make me look reasonable.
    …..

    You do not want to ” ” but imply__Use your interpretation of my comments.

    It that what “twisting” is

  • Bill Hedges

    path

    Prehaps you can point out where I did not ” ” you. Then made my interpretation and/or comments

  • Bill Hedges

    pth say_”Its what you seem to be implying. You made a statement about Obama’s education. I asked you for a source. ”

    Where did I say ““Asking for sources is games?” ”

    IMPORTANT
    Below is my source. IDENTFY MY QUOTE location
    ……………………………………..

    I have given my sousce recently, but will add here…

    “Less known are the reasons al-Mansour, an activist African-American Muslim, would be a key backer for a young man from Hawaii seeking to attend the most Ivy of the Ivy League law schools.”

    http://canadafreepress.co…..ticle/4821

    http://canadafreepress.co…..ticle/4821

    I have provided my link. Now anwser:

    Bill Hedges May 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 am
    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    Path

    You wish to be insulting, Insensitive in language(I will use term gay), and all round heal.

    path says”. I was up for a challenge and I guess I needed to blow off some steam too. ”

    Sounds like games I was referring to
    ….

    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    You conviently forgot reason for my saying that. That was stated before I said ” f*** myself “

    Obvious reason is ” ” would tell my reason. You did not wish to make me look reasonable.
    …..

    You do not want to ” ” but imply__Use your interpretation of my comments.

    It that what “twisting” is

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale Sturdivent May 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 am
    Path,

    “This site is simply a site for people who like to label themselves with the word “conservative.” If you do not share the same views as these people than reading the articles here or talking to the people who comment here then there is no point for you to be here. I learned this a long time ago”

    Glad you are here.

    Not one “quote” given to Kendale Sturdivent May 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 am
    Path,

    This site is simply a site for people who like to label themselves with the word “conservative.” If you do not share the same views as these people than reading the articles here or talking to the people who comment here then there is no point for you to be here. I learned this a long time ago

    Glad you are here

    Not a single example by quote to substanciate your comments. Hard to discuss. More “implies” as Path does.

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    I have had my fun and made my point.. My comment with link has been made. Clears when it clears.

    THE POINT

    1. Give “quote”-
    2. Don’t imply, unless you follow 1.

  • Bill Hedges

    Path wrote

    “This Pew survey show Fox News Viewers are more uninformed than most. A comedey show’s viewers are smarter than fox news viewers.”

    I shall quote your source:

    “Well-informed audiences come from cable (Daily Show/Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor), the internet (especially major newspaper websites), broadcast TV (NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) and radio (NPR, Rush Limbaugh’s program).

    Is why I watch O’Reilly Factor and listen to Rush. I pick my news

    Link provided at: Path May 1st, 2009 at 5:22.pm

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    “Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions”

    Is the title of your link. Does not judge the truth given on Fox news. Only knowledge of people to questions asked
    …..

    So provide link to prove following statement

    “…. Fox has been known to say untruths before “

  • Path
  • Bill Hedges

    I will take with a grain of salt your links

  • Path

    prove them wrong then

  • Bill Hedges

    After you caught up answering comment

  • Path

    “After you caught up answering comment”

    I know my english sucks too but at lest try rereading your posts before you submit. I’ll just assume you wanted a ‘my’ before comment.

    I was responding to your 12:15 post asking for links about how fox sucks. I did then you automaticaly say you don’t trust what I post.

  • Bill Hedges

    There are many more articles to answer comments for you

  • Path

    Such as?

    I responded to your false claim about Obama’s education in the Mccain thread. I don’t know why you wanted to post it there. Anyways you haven’t commented on half the links I post either.

  • Bill Hedges

    Path May 3rd, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    Such as?

    “I responded to your false claim about Obama’s education in the Mccain thread. I don’t know why you wanted to post it there. Anyways you haven’t commented on half the links I post either.”

    Bill Hedges May 3rd, 2009 at 8:44 am
    path

    “Less known are the reasons al-Mansour, an activist African-American Muslim, would be a key backer for a young man from Hawaii seeking to attend the most Ivy of the Ivy League law schools.”

    http://canadafreepress.co…..ticle/4821

    http://canadafreepress.co…..ticle/4821

    I have provided my link. Now anser:

    Bill Hedges May 3rd, 2009 at 6:26 am
    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    Path

    You wish to be insulting, Insensitive in language(I will use term gay), and all round heal.

    I am to ignore and answer you.

    No. An out right apology and change in behavior might get results you are asking for.

    You seem to play games. personal am not playing. You can’t force another to argue, I wish to discuss

    path says”. I was up for a challenge and I guess I needed to blow off some steam too. ”

    Sounds like games I was referring to
    ….

    Bill Hedges May 2nd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    You conviently forgot reason for my saying that. That was stated before I said ” f*** myself “

    Obvious reason is ” ” would tell my reason. You did not wish to make me look reasonable.
    …..

    You do not want to ” ” but imply__Use your interpretation of my comments.

    It that what “twisting” is

  • Bill Hedges

    My source may have been found wrong, but not to my knowledge until today.

    You insult today more. I guess you are not going to stop.

  • Kendale Sturdivent

    Bill,

    Please, you know I need not quote anything.

    P.S. I will never respond to anything you say EVER again. This is the last time ever in life. 🙂

  • Bill Hedges

    Isaid_”Not one “quote” given to Kendale Sturdivent May 3rd, 2009 at 4:41 am”

    Who said you had to quote ?

    But hey, no lose… I don’t recall us talking

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale

    “If you do not share the same views as these people than reading the articles here or talking to the people who comment here then there is no point for you to be here. I learned this a long time ago.”

    Deep down your one of us

  • Path

    Deep down you know your wrong. I have repeataly proven you wrong. Shows what a great Fox News education you have.

    May 2nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    “You seem to play games. personal am not playing. You can’t force another to argue, I wish to discuss”

    I want to discuss how your wrong all the time. If you want to defend yourself you back up your information with sources.