« on: July 13, 2005, 01:42:25 PM »
Very good points, as always. And while I don't think Stevens would like to see someone like Alito replace him, I think he probably would rather see a fellow Republican succeed him than someone of the opposite party. I was reading an article somewhere (and I can't find it to save my life -- it was on realclearpolitics.com) suggesting he'd had some discussions with the administration, had told them he's stepping down in 05, and they had promised to replace him with someone more in line with his judicial philosophy.
Of course that's all speculation, but I thought it was very interesting all the same (and plausible). It's definitely an interesting position to be in. The question is, how much does the administration respect Stevens' work on the Court? I guess we'll see just how much of a "big tent" today's Republican party really is and how much Bush is willing to stand up to the hardliners in his party.