Anthony Kennedy Retiring

 

Winning!

All hail Trump and McConnell! Yes, it’s really happening! Whatever else President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have done for us or to us, they will soon give us a conservative Supreme Court majority that could last for a generation. Kennedy is retiring, and thanks to Trump and McConnell, his replacement will be a Constitutional conservative.

I’ve been saying for a while now, give America 3% growth, and we will win in 2018 and confirm a conservative SCOTUS majority. The 3% growth is here, and so is the SCOTUS majority. I’m not sure we could ask for much more from a Republican president.

From CNN:

Washington (CNN) Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who provided key votes for same sex-marriage, abortion access and affirmative action, will retire from the Supreme Court.

The retirement is effective July 31, Kennedy said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Kennedy’s decision to step down could transform the Supreme Court for generations. Trump will have his second opportunity to nominate a justice and will likely replace Kennedy with a young, conservative jurist. That would create a bloc of five staunch conservative justices who could move the court further to the right and cement a conservative majority for the foreseeable future.
The nomination battle will likely ignite a firestorm on Capitol Hill as it comes just a year after Republicans changed the rules of the Senate in order to push through the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first nominee.

A senior White House official said Trump will push for the swift confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice “before the midterm elections.”

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  1. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
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    blood thirsty neocon: Kennedy is retiring, and thanks to Trump and McConnell, his replacement will be a Constitutional conservative.

    Well, we sure hope so.

     

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  2. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle
    @MattBartle

    Duplicate:

    http://ricochet.com/530433/kennedy-goes/

     

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  3. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Moderator Note:

    Vulgarity. Replaced with link.

    ThinkProgress . . . run by some lovely people. NSFW https://twitter.com/imillhiser/status/1012033875466506253

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  4. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Kennedy retiring is great news!  Now, when will that walking corpse Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire?

    If she does, I suggest our elderly conservative justices consider the same option, thus depriving any future Democrat President a ground-changing shift of the court’s philosophy . . .

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  5. harrisventures Coolidge
    harrisventures
    @harrisventures

    So much winning!

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/breaking-chief-justice-anthony-kennedy-to-retire.php

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  6. Umbra of Nex Inactive
    Umbra of Nex
    @UmbraFractus

    blood thirsty neocon: In your face, Never Trump!

    Way to be divisive at a time when we should all be celebrating together.

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  7. GLDIII Reagan
    GLDIII
    @GLDIII

    If you thought the left was already at 11, just wait until you see how bat guano crazy they are going to be on the run up to the mid term elections

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  8. Sweezle Member
    Sweezle
    @Sweezle

    Proving once again that voting matters.  Trump appointment Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote on the Travel Ban & Fair Union Fees !  If the Senate moves quickly they can vote on a new SCOTUS from Trump’s Conservative list before November elections.

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  9. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Winning. 

    Though not for George Will or anyone else who wanted Clinton to win. 

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  10. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    blood thirsty neocon: Kennedy is retiring, and thanks to Trump and McConnell, his replacement will be a Constitutional conservative.

    Well, we sure hope so.

    Right. Or we will get the sort of conservative judge that validates Obamacare.

    And we can’t assume the next Democrat in the White House won’t increase the size of the court, as previous Administrations have lawfully done.

    But yes, this is good news.

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  11. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    I am not yet tired of all the winning

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  12. Spin Coolidge
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    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    ThinkProgress . . . run by some lovely people.

    [redacted]

    Stolen…of course you stole it.  ;-)

     

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  13. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
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    Sweezle (View Comment):

    Proving once again that voting matters. Trump appointment Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote on the Travel Ban & Fair Union Fees ! If the Senate moves quickly they can vote on a new SCOTUS from Trump’s Conservative list before November elections.

    But Gorsuch *and* TBA!

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  14. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    To achieve master-overlord Troll status, please nominate Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter.

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  15. DrewInWisconsin Member
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    Spin (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    ThinkProgress . . . run by some lovely people.

    [redacted]

    Stolen…of course you stole it. ;-)

    ????

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  16. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

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  17. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
    @JamieLockett

    Stick to the list and get them confirmed. 

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  18. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
    @JamieLockett

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

    McConnell has done a phenomenal job of getting judicial picks through the Senate in record time. 

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  19. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

    Can’t – Former Majority Leader of the Senate Harry Reid removed the right of the minority to filibuster court nominees. 

    Straight up majority votes to confirm members of SCOTUS at every stage.

    Now if only NRBG would announce her retirement as well.

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  20. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
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    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    blood thirsty neocon: In your face, Never Trump!

    Way to be divisive at a time when we should all be celebrating together.

    Trumps worst advocates are his biggest fans. 

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  21. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    I understand the edit, but I really want people to see just how nasty ThinkProgress is.

    There is no limiting factor on the left.

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  22. RyanFalcone Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

    If the same formula for Gorsuch is used for this opening, we’ll have a new Justice by October.

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  23. Umbra of Nex Inactive
    Umbra of Nex
    @UmbraFractus

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

    McConnell already 86’d the filibuster for Gorsuch. All it takes is a simple majority.

    Don’t [redacted] this up. I’m looking at you, Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.

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  24. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Tom Meyer, Common Citizen
    @tommeyer

    Trump should stick to the list.

    I expect he will.

    If so, that will be fantastic.

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  25. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
    @JamieLockett

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does Trump think he’s going to make this happen swiftly, before the elections? I expect the Dems (and maybe even some Repubs) to make sure this drags out for a very long time. I’d love to be wrong.

    McConnell already 86’d the filibuster for Gorsuch. All it takes is a simple majority.

    Don’t [redacted] this up. I’m looking at you, Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.

    As long as they’re from the list Flake will vote for them – he’s a reliably conservative vote in the Senate (votes 88% with Trump’s agenda). The other two I’m not so sure about but you could help ensure their compliance by nominating a woman: Judges Eid, Larsen and Barrett are all on Trump’s list given to him by the Federalist Society (so we know they are reliably conservative) and are all in their mid 40s to early 5os (long tenure on the court). 

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  26. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    McConnell already 86’d the filibuster for Gorsuch. All it takes is a simple majority.

    Don’t [redacted] this up. I’m looking at you, Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.

    That’s what I’m talking about. Why does anyone think this lovely trio won’t vote against Trump’s selection?

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  27. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
    @JamieLockett

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    McConnell already 86’d the filibuster for Gorsuch. All it takes is a simple majority.

    Don’t [redacted] this up. I’m looking at you, Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.

    That’s what I’m talking about. Why does anyone think this lovely trio won’t vote against Trump’s selection?

    They didn’t vote against Gorsuch. 

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  28. Fritz Coolidge
    Fritz
    @Fritz

    This is good news!

    BUT if a nomination comes up before the fall midterm elections, then I’d worry that the Dems would run their campaign of smear (a la Bork, Thomas, etc) all summer, plus Collins, Flake or other MAGA-opposition-GOP senators would claim that the People should get to vote.

    Thus, this would have to wait till after the new Congress takes office in January 2019. That would re-start the process, new round of hearings, blah blah blah. Meanwhile, the Court is divided 4-4 and cannot really do much except when it goes the Left’s way (looking at Chief J. Roberts here) on some cases.

    Hope I am proved wrong.

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  29. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Tom Meyer, Common Citizen
    @tommeyer

    Jamie Lockett (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    McConnell already 86’d the filibuster for Gorsuch. All it takes is a simple majority.

    Don’t [redacted] this up. I’m looking at you, Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.

    That’s what I’m talking about. Why does anyone think this lovely trio won’t vote against Trump’s selection?

    They didn’t vote against Gorsuch.

    Not a single Republican voted against Gorsuch.

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  30. muzikgeye Member
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    @muzikgeye

    I will believe it when I see it. I take nothing for granted. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg has  overstayed her welcome.

    Somebody please wake her up. Or better, I’ll help lift her and we can toss her out.  #GinsburgFlyingMachine

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