GOOD NEWS FOR THE SUPREME COURT? Drudge claims that the White House is considering naming Clarence Thomas as chief justice if the ailing William Rehnquist decides to retire. I don't know how much stock to put in this - is the Bush administration really using Drudge to float trial balloons? - but this strikes me as a potentially positive development.
Call me crazy, but my guess is that President Bush would use the Thomas promotion as a sop to the right. And then, it seems to me, he would have to nominate someone more mainstream to fill Thomas's slot. The result: one fewer right-wing extremist (i.e., Rehnquist) on the Court.