Everyone seems to assume that Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who has cancer, will either retire or die this year. Jonathon Turley thinks that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas remains the front-runner to replace Rehnquist, and Turley usually knows what he is talking about.
As I have said before, I hope that Bush goes with a more moderate choice, such as Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. It seems to me that a conciliatory approach by a moderate conservative rather than a hard-line approach by hard-core conservative would best serve the Supreme Court and the country. But based on recent signs, I am beginning to believe that my hope will be unfulfilled.