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July 01, 2005

More on O'Connor

Justice O'Connor's retirement is momentous. Anytime a Supreme Court Justice retires, of course, it is a big deal. O'Connor's retirement, however, is the most important of the last 25 years. As one of the swing votes on the Court, O'Connor is largely responsible for the continued viability of the Roe v. Wade decision. Many had assumed that, if Chief Justice Rehnquist were the first to retire, President Bush would get somewhat of a "free pass" on his choice of nominees, since an ideological conservative would not change the balance of the Court. O'Connor, however, is crucial to the liberals for her votes on the abortion cases. Accordingly, liberal advocacy groups, and Democratic Senators, will be pulling out all of the stops on the President's nominee. If they sense a Roe opponent, it will be a bitter battle to the end. The five "moderate" Republicans will come under intense pressure over the next few months. Keep your eyes on them. They hold the cards for now.

Posted by Mark at July 1, 2005 10:48 AM

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