Barack Obama can’t make his much-anticipated mark on the Supreme Court until a justice retires—and at 88, his most likely candidate, John Paul Stevens, has shown no mind to leave, the Washington Post reports. The second-oldest justice in Court history is in great shape, the Post notes, telecommuting from Florida, playing tennis, and swimming in the ocean.
Stevens says he might have quit a decade ago if the workload was as heavy now as it was when he took the job in 1975. “I have to say I think we were taking too many cases when I joined the court,” he told law students yesterday. But “it’s still a full-time job.” Also considered likely to make an exit are fellow left-leaning jurists Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, and David Souter, 69.