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Former Justice Stevens: Supreme Court Justices Should Consider Politics in Retirement Decisions
Wall Street Journal ^ | April 20, 2014 | By Amy Harder

Posted on 04/20/2014 9:32:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Sunday that politics should be a factor in justices’ decisions on when to step down from the nation’s highest bench.

“It’s an appropriate thing to think about,” Mr. Stevens said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “If you’re interested in the job and in the kind of work that’s done, you have to have an interest in who’s going to fill your shoes.”

Some liberal experts have pressed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at 81 is the oldest sitting justice on the court and has had health issues, to step down this summer to ensure President Barack Obama can appoint a Democratic justice who can be confirmed by a Democratically-controlled Senate before November’s midterm elections.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: scotus

1 posted on 04/20/2014 9:32:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama wants Holder on the Court.
This has been his plan since 2008


2 posted on 04/20/2014 9:35:08 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; Lurking Libertarian; Perdogg; JDW11235; Clairity; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; ...

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

3 posted on 04/20/2014 9:40:49 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Zathras

“Obama wants Holder on the Court.
This has been his plan since 2008”

That I believe. He’s DESPERATELY trying to get Ginsberg off the Court, before it’s too late - especially with the Senate set to go Republican.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 9:42:38 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Senate will rubber stamp ANY nominee of Obama’s and it wont matter if the Republicans or the Democrats are in charge.
5 posted on 04/20/2014 9:42:48 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Stay health Ruth. I want you to collapse at President Cruz’s inauguration.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 9:45:47 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The days when the courts rule important cases on the law and not ideology are long past. Everything is politics now and we all need to treat it as war like the Rats do as they live and breathe 24 hours a day.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 9:46:27 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Silly me! I know it's naïve in today's cynical world but I was taught in my civics classes long ago that the SCOTUS and judges in general should remain apolitical. Their role is to apply the law objectively, not in a partisan way.

I know that hasn't been the case historically. But it's very wrong to see partisan politics blatantly advocated by a former justice.

8 posted on 04/20/2014 9:46:59 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Zathras

This why he hasn’t gotten rid of him.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 9:49:49 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well at least he was candid enough to shred any pretense of objectivity.


10 posted on 04/20/2014 9:51:34 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: BobL

Do you know how many Republicans voted against Ginsburg?


11 posted on 04/20/2014 9:51:36 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I do believe that too...they will rubber stamp any nominee. Otherwise, it would be ray-sis.


12 posted on 04/20/2014 9:51:49 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; BuckeyeTexan; everyone
Am growing tired of the constant 5-4 decisions where the Constitution is being upheld by only one vote in nearly all decisions. Soon expect the trend, eventually, to be 5-4 decisions where the Constitution and the Rule of Law is not being upheld. Imagine once it begins; 5-4 rulings against the Constitution and the Rule of Law the trickle will become a flood and know not what will be seen by Generations to come in those days. Actually do have an idea what will come once the trickle becomes a flood and the Constitution and the Rule of Law is ruled against repeatedly but is for another day's post.

Happy Easter Day and Happy Passover Remembrance, Everyone.

13 posted on 04/20/2014 9:53:54 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Jim Noble

Ginsburg was confirmed by something like 92-3 if I recall correctly.

Even though she had a major background as legal counsel for the ACLU, her nomination was not strongly challenged by anyone at the time.


14 posted on 04/20/2014 9:54:10 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Ditto. McCain will say “Holder is a good man and will not be bad for the country.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a republican president nominate Holder.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 9:54:43 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: rockrr

Sometimes I think I can’t be shocked by things.

But I must say, I was shocked to hear that liberals want Ginsburg to step down because they want Obama to appoint a younger liberal.

What’s with these liberals? Ruth can’t die off fast enough for them? They are that afraid that a radical liberal can’t be confirmed by the Senate with more Republicans after November, or God forbid, have that replacement appointed by a Republican president in the future?? What are they really saying?


16 posted on 04/20/2014 9:56:59 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

At the time that all Republicans save 3 voted to confirm her, she was the most radical and least qualified nominee in history.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 9:57:15 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hang on RBG. . .wait until a republican president. . .hold on. Nap all you want. . .just stick around til then.


18 posted on 04/20/2014 10:03:00 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Being female provides a cloak of protection that would not fit for WM nominations, no matter the legal and ‘wise WM’ resume.


19 posted on 04/20/2014 10:05:35 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Zathras

So confirmation hearings for Holder and a Senate vote leading into the midterms?

Expect any GOP criticism of him to be overblown and presented as racism in order to drive up Dem base turnout. And if Republicans don’t go after him the Conservative base gets pissed and stays home. All emphasis on Obamacare gets knocked out of the political equation.

Desperation scenario by the Dems to keep the Senate. But one with an excellent chance of working.

Stevens is increasingly proving that he’s a complete a**. This isn’t talking about political considerations to keep the SCOTUS seat Democrat/Liberal: it’s about politicizing the nomination/confirmation process to swing an election in another BRANCH.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 10:11:35 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Truth29

“The days when the courts rule important cases on the law and not ideology are long past.”

Exactly. Their oath to uphold the law and the constitution is so absurd that it shouldn’t even be mentioned. The SCOTUS is nothing more than a mini-legislature.


21 posted on 04/20/2014 10:21:33 AM PDT by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Any time I get complacent about “couldn’t shock me” I just remember “our esteemed colleague” John McCain. He will badger and harass any pubbie who dares to object to a Witholder nomination to SCOTUS.


22 posted on 04/20/2014 10:22:03 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Souter’s final act of treason was retiring while a Democrat was in office.


23 posted on 04/20/2014 10:23:38 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Exactly. The idea of the Senate GOP, even if they were in the majority, ever ‘Borking’ a Democratic SCOTUS nominee is laughable. They don’t have the spine.


24 posted on 04/20/2014 10:26:09 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

For his genocidal pro-abortion decisions former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens should be tried, convicted, sentence, and hanged for treason and crimes against humanity. With every breath, Stevens is nothing more than an oxygen thief.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 10:28:30 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Hulka
Hang on RBG. . .wait until a republican president.

So we can get another Judas Roberts.

26 posted on 04/20/2014 10:28:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I remember Howard Philips testifying before the Judiciary Committee, point out that Souter had voted, while on the board of a hospital, to perform abortions.

Philips argued that that showed that Souter was a man of evil character. Which is, of course, just common sense.

Orrin Hatch blew a gasket. “We don’t make these decisions that way.”

Of course, Souter proved to be solidly pro-abortion, and a weirdo.

Hatch is one of those “pro-life” politicians who insist that “there are good people on both sides of this issue.”

Baloney. Pro-aborts are evil people. Imagine being capable of saying that people who want to murder babies are “good people”!


27 posted on 04/20/2014 10:29:32 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: dfwgator

Fair point, ,might get one. . but if we have The Messiah making the pick. . we WILL get a socialist Marxist, constitution-hating internationalist for sure.


28 posted on 04/20/2014 10:31:10 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: Arthur McGowan

anyone named Hatch should never support abortions.


29 posted on 04/20/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: tanknetter

You think this country isn’t in the tank when a total corrupt man that should be in prison can become a Justice to the SC.


30 posted on 04/20/2014 11:34:52 AM PDT by Digger
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If this is all the intelligence (stevens) needed to be on the SCROTUM most freepers are more qualified. The ONLY consideration is the Constitution period.


31 posted on 04/20/2014 12:47:21 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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