The current cast has not changed since Aug. 3, 1994, the longest period without a vacancy since Congress created the eighth and ninth seats in 1837. Bush used to talk like it was "in the bag". After all, they did hand him the election. Was he denied the opportunity thanks to Pat Robertson, or why has Bush been made to wait?
Why haven't they retired? Four years ago, the U.S. elections were said to be about much more than choosing a President. They were to be about choosing one, two, or possible even three new Supreme Court justices. Much was speculated about retirements once Republicans took full control of Congress.