So as many of you know, Justice Stevens is now 87 years old (and will be 88 at the time Bush leaves office) and is currently the most liberal justice on the Court. So, what happens to his seat when he retires? Even if the Democrats don't muck up this election (I'm not holding my breath since they seem to have gotten good at losing) who's going to replace such a liberal justice? Stevens is unique in the sense that he doesn't participate in Cert Pool, and writes the first drafts of his opinions (clerks normally do this). Then there's also the fact that because Stevens is the senior most associate justice, he gets to pick who writes the opinions when the Chief Justice is on the opposing side. This has allowed him to attract Kennedy to the liberal side by offering Kennedy the chance to write the opinion. What happens when that power shifts to Justice Scalia (the next most senior justice)? Thoughts?