US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens may be retiring for many reasons, but in his resignation letter, he implies the the 2010 mid-term elections were a factor.
Stevens’ resignation to the president reads as follows.
My dear Mr. President:
Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court’s next term, I shall retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice, under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 371 (b), effective the next day after the Court rises for the summer recess this year.
Most respectfully yours,
John Paul Stevens
Yeah, I know. Stevens specifically mentions the best interests of the Court, but I’m certain his politically left leanings had something to do with the decision.
Stevens will officially retire in late June. The court will begin its next session on Oct. 4, 2010, one month before the November mid-term elections. In my opinion, Stevens wanted to announce his resignation with ample time for President Obama to select a suitable left-leaning associate justice.
The Senate confirmation hearings for Stevens’ replacement this spring/summer should be quite interesting to say the least, but if Stevens’ replacement had his or her confirmation hearings pushed out after the mid-term elections, sparks would certainly fly and the president may be forced to nominate a more moderate justice.
Stevens does not want a more moderate associate justice, he wants an ultra-lefty, and he thinks that could happen with the current composition of the Senate.
Guess it’s retirement Friday in Washington.