President Bush is likely to get the opportunity to shape the Supreme Court. How he goes about it will say a lot about him and his legacy and about the future of our nation. So, I am sure that the wise here in BigSoccer have their opinions about how he should go about it. First of all, Chief Justice William Rehnquist is likely to retire due to health problems. This creates an opportunity for the president not just to appoint a new Justice, but also to appoint a new Chief Justice. Any suggestions? An obvious choice for Chief Justice will be Clarence Thomas. The president has proven eager to go with minorities who share his philosophy. But Thomas may be considered too conservative by much of the electorate. My choice for Chief Justice would be Sandra Day O'Connor. Not only it would be historic because she is (obviously) a woman, but she is a moderate and a bridge builder in the court. Liberals may remember that she was the swing vote needed in Bush vs Gore, but she has often voted on the other side as well, on issues which many democrats consider important. It would be a way for the president to reach out to the other side. Of course, some conservatives who helped the President win the election may not like the choice, but I think it is important at this point to begin healing the wounds, and besides, she is not exactly a bleeding heart liberal, either. So, there you have it. Any thoughts?