Justice Anthony Kennedy May Retire This Summer

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    Yeah he's gonna get about 250 democrats on his door step telling him to hold out till at least 2019.
     
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    Well if he does I hope the Democrats are willing to play the GOP’s game and make them wait until after the next election to fill the seat.
     
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    I agree, but the Democrats have no way to block or meaningfully delay a confirmation, unless they can convince two Republicans (one if McCain isn’t available) to join their effort.
     
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    If Kennedy steps down before the election I would be OK with waiting til after the election to confirm a new justice.
     
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    They have to win back the Senate in order for that to happen.
     
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    Interesting. Yes, hold out until he next Presidential election. Each President should get only one person as far as I'm concerned. And at the rate we're going at their ages, it'll work out just fine for the next 3-4 elections. I also see he's not a real Kennedy. Makes sense considering he's still alive. Too soon? :p
     
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    There might be one or two Republicans that actually believed their lines about letting the voters decide who gets to nominate the justice.
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    True, but that may not be too hard for them with how things are going. There are three GOP senators retiring, Romney will probably win Utah, but Arizona and Tennessee might work. Arizona could have two open seats as well depending on what happens with McCain. Texas looks like a possibility for a pick up as well and Ted Cruz isn’t greatly loved by Trump’s base. Mississippi has two seats up for election and given what happened in Alabama I wouldn’t rule out a Democratic win in one of them.
     
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    I just clicked through to read the article and now see that the only source on this is speculation from Dean Heller. The possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy is just what he needs to drum up support in an uphill Senate re-election race. Kennedy has already hired clerks for next year which means he doesn’t current expect to retire. He still might retire, but it’s highly unlikely that Heller would know. I call BS on this report.
     
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    Good lord, these *******s have been pushing for Kennedy’s retirement by floating these stories since well into last year. It’s extremely transparent that the Koch’s and Mercer want their feudalist project to be completed and constantly pressuring Kennedy to step down via these rumors is pathetically transparent.
     
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    I think it's unlikely that Justice Kennedy retires before the next term, which will start in October. He's already hired four clerks for the October 2018 term. A Justice planning to retire typically wouldn't hire more than one clerk for an upcoming term. Retired Justices get one clerk.

    Of course, things can change. People can get sick, for instance. But I'd say that, as of January of this year, Justice Kennedy wasn't planning on retiring this year.
     
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    And if he does I fully expect Mitch Turtle to allow the American people to decide in the next election who gets to pick his replacement. I could never imagine Mitch being a hypocrite or a political hack after all.
     
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    Can somebody wake up Ginsberg and ask her for her date?
     
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    The problem with pointing out hypocrisy in the GOP is their entire way of speaking to their base is completely hypocritical to their policies. You can’t shame a party built explicitly on lying outright.
     
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    She'll retire the day after the thieving sex-pest con merchant in the White House gets replaced by a Democrat IMO.
     
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    If it's within a year of someone else being president I'd agree it would be fair to wait. If it happens in the next year good luck.
     
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    Trump already filed for reelection the campaign has started.
     
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    That's not a parallel argument, Obama was trying to seat a moderate judge in place of one of the most right leaning within a year of the opposing party taking power.
     
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    That is not the argument made at the time by Congress.
     
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    Which was, of course, his constitutional right and responsibility. But the Republican Senate majority, for the first time in American history, refused to fulfill their constitutional responsibility.
     
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    We will see how tempered your reaction is if Ruth kicks the bucket and Trump tries to replace her within a year of the election with a right leaning judge.
     
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    My reaction won’t be tempered at all. Retribution for the Republican theft of the Garland seat is entirely appropriate. The Democrats, if they have the ability to do so, should block every Trump nominee that isn’t Merrick Garland.
     
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    They can't.
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    I actually agree. He should have been given a hearing. They could still voted NO, but he should have gotten a hearing.
     
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    God Bless America.
     
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    Hypocritical.
     

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