Confirm Them reports that “an extremely reliable source” called to say that Chief Justice Rehnquist will retire within the next month. Confirm Them predicts that Judge Michael McConnell will be the administration’s choice to replace Rehnquist as Chief Justice.
Judge McConnell would be a superb choice. I think the Democrats would fight him tooth and nail, but they would be hampered somewhat by the fact that he breezed through his 10th Circuit nomination process not long ago. McConnell also has a disarming professorial demeanor that would cause most people watching confirmation hearings on television to react with puzzlement to Democratic claims that he is somehow “extreme” or “out of the mainstream.”
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