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Sandra Day OíConnor has retired, effective the start of the next term, or the confirmation of her successor. Now, within hours or days, our Chief Justice will also retire. Two Justices, double play. Time for two nominations? Nope, there will be three. Bob Novak has speculated that our President will elevate Antonin Scalia to Chief Justice and then nominate two new associate justices. Triple Play! There will be an elevation and two new justices, I agree. However, I believe that a different person will be given the center seat at the Supreme Court.
Who will get promoted? Not Scalia, but rather the more businesslike and equally-excellent Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas is a veteran of the socialist liberal Democrat slander machine, and successfully put those windbags in their place 13 years ago. Since then, Justice Thomas has distinguished himself with his opinions. He is not a blabbermouth during oral arguments, preferring instead to listen and absorb and then make up his mind. While Justice Scalia is the passion of the right side of the Court, Justice Thomas is the brains.
"Clarence Thomas also deserves to be Chief Justice. He is younger than Justice Scalia, but he is equally accomplished."
Clarence Thomas also deserves to be Chief Justice. He is younger than Justice Scalia, but he is equally accomplished. He is more organized in both thought and deed than Justice Scalia, and that organization lends itself well to the Chief Justiceís position. His judicial temprament is confirmed over time. He has been steadfastly apolitical and steadfastly faithful to the Constitution to which he swore his oath. Moreover, the liberals would simply explode in apoplexy. His elevation, which liberals could simply not tolerate, will result in the Nuclear Option being triggered, and I want that to happen so badly I can taste it.
Will our beloved President, however, want to engage in three confirmation battles in the space of a summer? I say yes. With a triple battle looming, the socialist liberal Democrats will be forced to be thrice as negative, thrice as obstructionist, thrice as irrational. Itís Karl Roveís dream. Bill Frist, if he is able to trigger the Nuclear Option, will only need to move a short distance down Pennsylvania Avenue, to house number 1600 to be precise. As I stated in yesterdayís article, our President is in an outstanding nomination posture. He can do virtually no wrong, except to nominate a left wing radical like Hillary Clinton to the court. And we know that will never happen.
"Imagine the triple play: Elevate Justice Thomas to Chief, nominate Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen as associate justices. Put the Gang of 14 onto the ropes."
Imagine the triple play: Elevate Justice Thomas to Chief, nominate Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen as associate justices. Put the Gang of 14 onto the ropes by nominating two of the three appellate judges that they already agreed to confirm. Make it a fight where we get who we want where we want or break the back of the leftists once and for all. Either the Gang of 14 holds and there is cloture, or the Gang of 14 breaks and there is a Nuclear solution. Either way, we change the Supreme Court for the better.
And donít expect it to end here. If we win this fight, the war is over. Justices Stevens (age 85) and Ginsburg (70+ and in ill health) will retire, and our President will get two more nominations. Originalists will prevail on the court. If there is a Nuclear solution to the first nominations, the liberals will have nothing to do but whine. Whining is usually not good politics; it tends to repel the voting public. Liberals need to cease repelling the voters if they ever want power again.
The triple play is looking good, and it looks as if weíre going to retire the liberal side!