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SCOTUS Interruptus

By Brian | July 2, 2005 | Share on Facebook

It seems Sandra Day O’Connor shocked everyone today by retiring from the Supreme Court. I am no expert on the Supreme Court, but since blogs serve, among other things, as a kind of public record, allow me to put a few predictions down on pap…well, on silicon:

In the next 6-8 weeks:

1) No one will give two hoots about whether John Bolton is confirmed as UN Ambassador or not.
2) As this heats up, the news will be all-consumed by it. Based on what we read and see, we will safely be able to conclude that no one’s looking for that girl in Aruba anymore, people have magically stopped dying in Iraq, and Social Security has magically healed itself.
3) The Democrats will be shocked – outraged even – at Bush’s nominee, regardless of who it is.
4) The Republicans will be shocked – outraged even – at the Democrats’ reaction to the nomination.
5) Everytime a Democrat says something negative about the nominee, some Republican somewhere will use the word “filibuster” or the words “up or down vote.”
6) Before we’re done, the nominee will endure at least two scandals. There will be at least one “major” scandal, which will turn out to contain just enough shades of truth to keep it alive, but will have been twisted into something much larger than it ought to be. There will also be at least one “minor” scandal, which will be absolutely true but completely irrelevant, and it will be brought up every time someone tries to poke a hole in the “major” scandal.
7) There won’t be a single news story written or spoken about this topic that doesn’t include the word “abortion.”

OK, so we’ve got a checklist set to go. Pencils ready? Begin…

[This essay is part of The Red and the Blue discussion: Supreme Court/Independence Day.]

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