Scary rumors burst across the Internet today that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was planning to resign from the Supreme Court. First Drudge, and now Fox News report these rumors about the Chief Justice to be false. The rumor began when Radar Online reported from an unnamed source that Chief Justice Roberts was planning to resign and would announce his resignation “soon.”
As Ed Morissey at the conservative blog Hot Air noted, such a move during Barack Obama’s reign would be devastating for conservatives, and could radically change the political landscape. Former Republican President George W. Bush didn’t appoint a young 50-year old as Chief Justice for nothing. If Chief Justice Roberts were to resign during Barack Obama’s presidential reign, Democrats would then be in control of all three branches of government. Democrat control of two branches has been more than sufficiently disastrous for the country and polls show most voters would prefer control be split between the two parties.
Until now, Court observers noted the obvious–one or both of the either Ruth Bader Ginsburg or John Paul Stevens would resign during Obama’s first, and perhaps only term. Justice Ginsburg has had serious health issues, and Justice Stevens has hung on until the age of 90.
Good News! Just as I was going to post this and was still awaiting details from Fox, Radar Online backed down from it’s original post, and admitted its report was wrong.