All of a sudden, everyone thinks that Rehnquist is NOT going to retire. WaPo:
The cagey chief justice, who has thyroid cancer, may yet announce his retirement at any moment. But with each passing hour, the doubts grow. Since Monday, the capital's conventional wisdom has executed a perfect 180, and the smart money now says Rehnquist (and Sandra Day O'Connor and the others) won't resign.
This is a big disappointment to anxious press:
"It's hell," said NBC News's Pete Williams, sitting in his cubicle in the Supreme Court press room -- waiting. Outside, at the bottom of the court steps, an NBC camera crew languishes as it has all week -- waiting, eating Doritos, reading the paper, talking to tourists. "You can't do a story saying nothing happened," Williams pointed out.
The court is now out of session, but the Supreme Court press room is still buzzing with reporters catching up on their reading and sticking around -- just in case.
Aw, c'mon. Michael Jackson showing up to court in his pajamas is a story, so surely you make something out of this bit of nothing. Can't you just get footage of all the people waiting around, a la Schiavo? 24-hour Rehnquist-cam? Anything?