Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has recently been sending signals that his retirement from the Court is nigh, and those signals have been strong enough to prompt speculation as to who might be picked as his replacement.
But, in case you missed it, Senator Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) is hopeful that Stevens will hold off for the time being. He took to "Fox News Sunday" yesterday to send the message that now is not the time:
SPECTER: I hope [unintelligible] that Justice Stevens does not retire this year. I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster, which will tie up the Senate with the Supreme Court nominee. I think that if a year passes, there is a much better chance we can come to a consensus.
I think the big news here is that Senate gridlocks and filibusters are going to somehow end in 2011, with magic or something.