by Jonathan H. Adler

The key question facing the White House is when to name O’Connor’s replacement. Obviously the administration wants a new justice before the Court reconvenes in October. Yet Fox reported today that the Senate Judiciary Committee expects to take several weeks to gear up for hearings on any nominee. If that’s the case, activist groups would have ample time to gin up opposition to any nominee–and it could be difficult to get a vote before the August recess.