UPDATE JULY 13, 2005:
While it’s unclear whether this means another vacancy will occur in the Supreme Court, it’s evident that Rehnquist’s days are numbered, at least with regards to his service. This comes as a frightening, while not unexpected blow to liberals around the country.
For obvious reasons, a concurrent vacancy with O’Connor’s is filled with concern and ‘what if’s with regards to the appointments that are to take place. News has been released that late last night Rehnquist was rushed to the hospital for a spiked fever, likely relating to the thyroid cancer.
July 13 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is fighting thyroid cancer, was admitted to the hospital last night with a fever, the Supreme Court said.
Rehnquist, 80, was taken by ambulance for observation and tests to Arlington Hospital in Virginia and remains there today, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
In another blog article earlier this month I created a liberal ‘cheat sheet’ for the potential nominee’s. This news has come along with more SCOTUS nominee gossip that First Lady Laura Bush has been urging the president to consider another female nominee since they are confident of their hispanic base. The name bandied about is Judge Edith Brown Clement of the 5th Circuit Court. This particular bit of SCOTUS gossip also implies that Alberto Gonzales is not in the running.
It is unclear how seriously the president ever regarded Gonzales as a potential court choice or if he was steered away from Gonzales at the urging of conservatives who want Bush to move the court to the right in its judicial philosophy.