Justice Souter has announced that he is going to retire. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090501/D97TCS280.html
Many will lament that this is President Obama's chance to appoint a new justice, but let me give an alternative spin. This is good news.
First, Justice Souter is relatively young; therefore, even if President Obama picks another "young" person for the position the leftist point of view will not gain that many additional years on the Supreme Court bench.
Second, we are just going to get a pro-abortion leftist for a pro-abortion leftist, no change in the balance of the Court.
Third, the nomination and appointment process is going to start in the lead up to the election and will be a great way to educate the American people as to how radical President Obama is by tying the views of whatever leftist jurist he picks to him.
Fourth, it is going to highlight the importance of the Supreme Court nomination power of the President for the next election a fact that will fire up more people to come out and vote pro-life.
Fifth, it is highly probable that any President Obama nominee can be "filibustered." http://www.dorfonlaw.org/2009/04/how-specters-defection-could-make-it.html
That is my take. What do you think?