And so it begins/ends.
Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court and a swing vote on abortion as well as other contentious issues, has announced her retirement. "It has been a great privilege indeed to have served as a member of the court for 24 terms," the 75-year-old justice wrote Bush in a one-paragraph resignation letter. "I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the court and its role under our constitutional structure."
What does this mean? Bush says his model for Supreme Court justices is Scalia and Thomas -- so it looks like things are going to keep tipping to the right. And unless Rehnquist somehow beats his cancer, we're in for more trouble.