The Corner

War to Replace Rehnquist?

Assuming that Chief Justice Rehnquist steps down at the end of the Supreme Court’s term, replacing him with another conservative will not be easy. To the contrary, the liberal activist groups opposing Bush’s judicial nominees have already indicated they will go to war to oppose any reasonably conservative nominee to the Supreme Court — even to replace a justice as conservative as Rehnquist. Interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, both Nan Aron and Ralph Neas said they would urge the filibuster of nominees like the Honorable Michael McConnell or the Honorable Michael Luttig. Aron also said she’d seek a filibuster of the Honorable John Roberts. These are three of the most distinguished appellate judges sitting on the federal bench, all of whom are more than qualified to sit on the High Court. Further evidence that the Left is not trying to prevent the courts from shifting right; rather they seek to continue shifting the courts to the left.

Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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