The Stevens Resignation Is Not Contingent Upon the Confirmation of a Successor

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4 Responses

  1. Lawrence says:

    Of course. Justice Stevent wants to relax a bit. He’s earned it. He has money, he can just sit at home all day and play on and tend to his garden, eat hearty, and have a fine old bunch of golden years.

  2. Logan says:

    It all depends on the age of the Justice. In this scenario, he probably couldn’t last on the Court much longer given his age (probabilities say he’s got to die sooner than later). Combine that with the current political climate (Democrats are sure to lose seats in the Senate with a somewhat decent chance of losing the majority (say 10%-20%)) and it makes complete sense to make it an unconditional resignation. This way Obama and Senate Democrats get their a$$ in gear and confirm someone before it’s too late.

    Now if Stevens was in his 60s and in good health, he could conceivably live long enough to wait for another Democratic President, with a Democratic majority in the Senate, before he would need to retire to ensure someone with similar views would replace him. Thus, in this scenario a conditional resignation might make more sense.

    In another scenario, (he’s the same age but a pro-Democratic political climate) he could offer either because it wouldn’t really matter as long as he retired before Obama left office (by vote or term limits).