The retirement rumors for Justice Anthony Kennedy continue apace. It is further fueled by the fact that he has refused to comment on it. This act, if it happens, will be a nightmare come true for Democrats and socialist progressive liberals. In their view, the Supreme Court will make a drastic swing to the right. From my viewpoint, it means that we will have a Supreme Court that is more Constitutionalist and less a legislatively active court. That is a blessing for both sides, even if they cannot see it.
AS WRITTEN BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON – As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave?
Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court.
But that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in charge of high court confirmation hearings from weighing in on the prospect that Kennedy could step down as soon as this spring or summer. If not this year, several former law clerks said they would not be surprised to see the justice retire in 2018.
“I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard. And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot,” Trump told The Washington Times in an interview published Sunday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters last month, “I would expect a resignation this summer.” He did not name any names but cited a “rumored” retirement.
Kennedy’s departure would give Trump a second Supreme Court vacancy and the chance to cement conservative control of the court for a decade or more. Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first nominee, joined the court last month.
Trump said he would choose from the same list of candidates he unveiled during the campaign from which he plucked Gorsuch.
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