U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens plans to retire during Obama's presidency, and may even do so this year. But retiring in 2010 would be a bad idea, according to Democratic Senator Arlen Specter. The former Republican thinks that the confirmation process for Stevens's successor would lead to a Republican filibuster. (And he's not alone in forecasting that). Here's what Specter told Fox News Sunday:


I hope [unintelligible] that Justice Stevens does not retire this year. I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster, which will tie up the Senate with the Supreme Court nominee. I think that if a year passes, there is a much better chance we can come to a consensus.