Aside from some different plumbing, do not expect any shift at all ideologically on the Supreme Court.
Given [President Obama's] first appointment to the high court, most observers expect Obama will appoint a woman, since the court currently has only one female justice and Obama was elected with strong support from women. But an Obama pick would be unlikely to change the ideological makeup of the court.
Despite the brilliant reporting of Supreme Court guru and expert Nina Totenberg, the real reason Justice Souter, 69, is stepping down is to protect his home from eminent domain by his angry hometown citizens. Their proper outrage stems from a ruling he made in 2005 concerning “land snatching.” Oh“Takings” Clause! You were never forgotten as Santa’s ugly cousin.
The Court loses a great mind and independant thinker. You do remember who appointed him right?