This is interesting. J. Michael Luttig, a leading conservative judge and scholar who has often been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee and would certainly be on the short list for the next vacancy should it happen before 2008, has resigned from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He will be moving to the private sector, where he will become the vice president and general counsel for Boeing. At 51 years old, Luttig has been an appellate judge for 15 years and his chances of being named to the Supreme Court were probably the best of any sitting judge, along with perhaps Michael McConnell of the 10th circuit. I’m sure he’ll be making a lot more money as a corporate general counsel, probably 4 or 5 times as much, but as a guy who has seemed destined for the Supreme Court since his 30s, it’s still a surprising move. At least it is to me.