U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens plans to retire during Obama's presidency, and may even do so this year.
But retiring in 2010 would be a bad idea, according to Democratic Senator Arlen Specter. The
former Republican thinks that the confirmation process for Stevens's successor would lead to a
Republican filibuster. (And he's not
alone in forecasting that). Here's
what Specter told Fox News Sunday:
I hope [unintelligible] that
Justice Stevens does not retire
this year. I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a
filibuster, which will tie up the Senate with the Supreme Court nominee.
I think that if a year passes, there is a much better chance we can
come to a consensus.
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