Wednesday, April 03, 2002

"'Chief Justice Breyer!' I Scream"- Good post from William Sulik on an alternative to the Chief Justice O'Connor gambit. Throw a bone to Joe Biden and nominate Steven Breyer (former Senate Judicial Committee chief council under Biden) to be Chief Justice in return for clear sailing for a conservative replacement for Rehnquist. The Chief Justice's primary power roll is to pick who gets to write a decision on the side he's on. That may be a fair trade for getting a good conservative replacement. I'd hold out for O'Connor, but we might need to give 'em Breyer if we can only get to 60 votes on the good replacement that way.

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