A liberal’s Supreme Court prediction from six years ago

Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy in The American Prospect from November 1999:

Four of the nine justices currently on the Supreme Court are at least 65 years old. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the last of the Nixon appointees, is 75. Justice John Paul Stevens, a Ford appointee, is 79. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a Reagan appointee, is 69. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee, is 66 and recently underwent surgery for colon cancer…..

[R]ecognizing the speculative nature of the claim, I would nonetheless be willing to bet money that if George W. Bush becomes president of the United States, judges Michael Luttig and Emilio Garza will be elevated to the center of American politics as nominees to the Supreme Court. Perhaps that sobering prospect will be averted at the ballot box.

It has taken two helpings of “that sobering prospect” to find out if Professor Kennedy’s predictions will be realized.

One Response to “A liberal’s Supreme Court prediction from six years ago”

  1. Dimsdale Says:

    “[R]ecognizing the speculative nature of the claim, I would nonetheless be willing to bet money that if George W. Bush becomes president of the United States, judges Michael Luttig and Emilio Garza will be elevated to the center of American politics as nominees to the Supreme Court. Perhaps that sobering prospect will be averted at the ballot box.”

    If they distress a liberal Harvard law professor, then they must be good for America! Sign ’em up!

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