Given that many expect Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist to retire soon, which, if he does retire, I suspect is delayed to give Justice O’Connor the spotlight, here’s my question: How does two nominations at the same time affect the nomination process? Obviously, the President’s staunch conservative base wants a right-wing nominee, which it will probably get. But if Chief Justice Rehnquist retires, as well, is this possible? Are we more likely to end up with two more moderate nominees, to preserve President Bush’s political capital? Or are we in for two brutal fights instead of one?
I hope it means two moderates, but I’m not counting on it. Your thoughts?