Halls of justice or home of political intrigue?
With this backdrop, the otherwise lifetime tenures of Supreme Court justices can become politicized, particularly once they are well past what other Americans would deem to be a comfortable retirement age. This is because, as many readers will know, sitting presidents have the ability to nominate justices to replace those who have stepped down. Currently, with Justices Ginsberg and Breyer in their seventies and a President who, despite a recent boost, has proven to be far from a reelection certainty, some liberal commentators are calling for these two justices to 'take one for the team' by moving their respective retirement dates ahead. This would give the President two more appointments before the already cloudy political waters become even murkier in 2012. For more on this, visit The Wall St. Journal's legal blog here.