Supreme Court scuttlebutt, I am somewhat embarrassed to admit, is for me what I can only imagine ponies must be for pre-teen girls or big-haired broads are for Clinton. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across John Dean's latest FindLaw column. In it, Dean (author and former Counsel to President Nixon) serves up some tantalizing gossip regarding the likelihood of various justices retiring in the near future. The article also provides some opinions on the blossoming of Justices Breyer and Thomas in recent terms from DC appellate litigation insiders. As for possible appointees? Dean backs retiring Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee, dismisses Alberto Gonzales as non-starter and nixes the possibility of a Justice Hatch.