Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has at the age of 81 has decided to retire. After over three decades on the bench, he was the swing vote and the most moderate member of the court often voting with the more liberal members of the court.
That gives President Donald Trump a chance to shift the court to the right for a generation to come. This choice could push the court to the right on key issues like issues such as abortion, affirmative action, woman’s health issues and that will affect the LGBTQ community.
This is a very important choice and both party’s know it. Both want to make sure their interest covered. This might be the most important decision made by President Trump so far in his position as the leader of the free world.
“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy said in a statement. He said that he wanted to spend more time with his family and that his decision would be effective July 31.
The Democrats are all out to stop any nomination that Trump will put up for the nomination. They need help and they need to peel off a few Republicans like Susan Collins from Maine.
The Dems are still mad at Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell for keeping Merrick Garland who President Barack Obama after the sudden death of Antonin Scalia.
Democrats, therefore, are ready to play the kind of SCOTUS hardball not seen in nearly a century if they are to recover their rightful share of power on the Court. It will be a tough thing to stop because it now only takes 50 votes to confirm a Justice, a rule changed by McConnell from the old 60 vote threshold that was the case for decades.
This could change all of the social issues of today and the future to the most conservative members of the Republican Party.