Chief Justice Scalia? Rehnquist Illness Sparks Rumors

By Boston, Rob | Church & State, March 2005 | Go to article overview

Chief Justice Scalia? Rehnquist Illness Sparks Rumors


Boston, Rob, Church & State


Rumors are circulating in Washington that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have his eye on a promotion--to chief justice.

The current chief justice, William H. Rehnquist, suffers from thyroid cancer, and it is widely believed he will soon step down. That move will give President George W. Bush two slots to fill--he'll have to decide which justice will move up to chief and then replace that person. (Bush could name a new chief justice from outside the court, but that is considered unlikely.)

Some justices can safely be considered out of the running. John Paul Stevens is 84 years old and a liberal. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer were appointed by President Bill Clinton. David H. Sourer was appointed by Bush's father but has infuriated the right wing by championing the separation of church and state.

Appointing Sandra Day O'Connor might seem like a good move because it would give Bush an opportunity to name the first woman chief justice. But O'Connor has had health problems herself and is rumored to be interested in stepping down from the court. She's also considered too moderate on abortion. Anthony M. Kennedy isn't likely to go anywhere, but he has angered the Religious Right with his votes in favor of legal abortion and gay rights and against school-sponsored prayer.

That leaves Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Thomas' name has been bandied about by his fans, and appointing him would allow Bush to put an African American into a prominent slot. but there could be one problem: Thomas reportedly does not want the job.

Washington Post Supreme Court reporter Charles Lane reported Jan. 30 that Thomas, who went through a tough Senate confirmation battle in 1991 after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, is not eager to revisit any of that. (Appointment as chief justice requires Senate confirmation.)

Lane says an informal "Scalia for chief justice" boomlet is under way--and Scalia may be leading it. He noted that the normally combative justice put on a kinder, gentler face recently when he agreed to discuss international law Jan. 13 at American University with fellow justice Breyer. The normally media-shy Scalia even agreed to allow the event to be televised.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Chief Justice Scalia? Rehnquist Illness Sparks Rumors
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.