This has got to be one of the most ridiculous requests I’ve seen in a while coming out of Congress from Republicans. Apparently four female Senators (two Republicans and two Democrats) are asking Sandra Day O’Connor to reconsider her retirement:
Four female senators called Thursday for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to stay on the court and try for chief justice if the ailing William Rehnquist steps down.
In a letter to O’Connor, Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Democrats Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Barbara Boxer of California asked the nation’s first female justice to consider staying on the high court if Chief Justice Rehnquist relinquishes the top spot.
Rehnquist was discharged Thursday after two nights in the hospital for treatment of a fever. O’Connor announced her retirement on July 1, but has made it conditional on a replacement being confirmed.
“We urge you to reconsider your resignation and return to the Supreme Court to serve as chief justice, should there be a vacancy,” the senators said in the Thursday letter.
The four senators also said they will “strongly recommend” to President Bush that O’Connor become the next chief justice if Rehnquist steps down.
“We believe such a history-making nomination by the president would demonstrate leadership that unites Americans around the shared values of liberty, the rule of law and the preservation of our constitutional freedoms,” they said.
Apparently this idea was first publicy mentioned by none other than Arlen Specter (R-RINO) and Patrick Leahy:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and top Judiciary Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont first publicly stoked speculation about a possible O’Connor candidacy for chief justice on Sunday.
“I think it would be quite a capping to her career if she served for a time, maybe a year or so,” Specter said.
Given the praise O’Connor has received since her retirement announcement, she would be a lock to be confirmed as chief justice, Leahy said. “I think it would be a very doable thing,” he said Sunday.
Who the hell do these people think they are? O’Connor has served as justice for 24 years and is retiring, in part, due to her husband’s health problems, but apparently the idea of TWO nominees to the court by President Bush scares the crap out of these RINOs so much, that they’d rather plead with one who has already submitted her resignation to stay.
Unbelievable! Sens Snowe, Collins, and Specter: when will you make it official that you are no longer Republicans? Disgraceful.
Update: Oh well, lady RINOs (and gent), you won’t get your wish for O’Connor to be Chief Justice. Rehnquist isn’t going anywhere.