Justice Stevens made it official, he wil be retiring from the court this summer. Although Stevens was put on the court by a republican president, he is one of the most liberal members of the court. For me, this isn't something that I am not going to get my knickers in knot over. It is going to be a wash. Of course, I need to leave that door open because who knows who he may come up with.
President Obama no longer has 60 votes in the senate and has used up a great deal of capital with healthcare, so one would think he will put someone that will be relatively easy to confirm. But, this is President Obama we are talking about, so I think that is unlikely. It is going to be an interesting summer.