Two retirements in the news today: Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) after 18 years representing Michigan’s 1st district, which consists of the entire Upper Peninsula and a portion of northern lower Michigan; and Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens after nearly 34 years on the court — he was appointed by Gerald Ford.
Mr. Stupak was in the news recently because of his stand regarding abortion in the healthcare bill. He’s a conservative Democrat, anti-abortion, and even though he eventually voted for the bill, in the end he got beat up from both the left and the right. He drew a primary challenger in the person of Connie Saltonstall, who will probably be the one who will end up with the nomination.
I used to live in his district, and it’s pretty conservative/libertarian; the Michigan Militia used to hang out in the village of Wolverine (yeah, I know; Red Dawn and all that. Just a coincidence, I’m sure). So my guess is that the district will go with whomever the Republicans put up.
As for Mr. Stevens, it doesn’t matter who President Obama picks; the Republicans will filibuster him/her, even though they have stated in the past that judicial filibusters were an outrage. But that was only when the nominee was put up by a Republican. After all, they’re the only ones who are entitled to rule.