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#1226156 - Wed Jun 27 2018 03:32 PM Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement
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Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement, giving Trump 2nd Supreme Court pick


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Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring, giving President Trump a critical opportunity to move the Supreme Court more solidly to the right in what promises to be an epic confirmation fight.

The 81-year-old senior associate justice informed the White House in a letter of his intention to step down from the high court after 30 years, effective July 31. Rumors of another vacancy have reverberated across Washington in recent months, and it comes a year after Kennedy's former law clerk Justice Neil Gorsuch, took over the seat occupied by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump, reacting to the news, called Kennedy a "great justice" and said he'd begin the search for a replacement immediately.

Arguably the most powerful member of the Supreme Court, Kennedy's moderate-conservative views often left him the "swing" -- or deciding -- vote in hot-button cases ranging from abortion to gay rights to political campaign spending.

A Supreme Court vacancy will likely become a key issue in a midterm congressional election year, when control of the Senate is at stake.

That body will consider Trump's latest high court nominee, requiring only a simple majority for confirmation. GOP leaders changed the rules when Gorsuch was being considered, to get rid of the 60-vote procedural filibuster threshold.



But Democrats are expected to try and transform the court opening into a broader political referendum on Trump's leadership, and the future of social issues like immigration, gun rights and race.

Republicans, for their part, hope Kennedy's replacement helps them in the November elections.

Kennedy was nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and sworn in the following year.

While often voting with the court’s conservative bloc, he has been a key swing vote in a number of cases and occasionally sided with the court’s liberal wing, particularly on issues such a gay rights an abortion. Most notably, he wrote the 2015 ruling on Obergefell v Hodges, which found that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

His retirement had been rumored in recent years, with several of his former clerks having said they thought he was considering stepping down.

While it is not clear whom Trump will nominate, the eventual nominee is likely to face resistance from Senate Democrats -- who are still bristling from Senate Republicans’ blockade of Obama-pick Merrick Garland in 2016 and would balk at the possibility of Trump hardening the conservative bloc on the court.

Kennedy’s retirement comes as both Gorsuch and Kennedy were key votes in two controversial decisions this week -- upholding Trump's 'travel ban' and ruling against union's 'fair share' fees.

Both decisions were 5-4.



The one I was expecting to retire was Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This was unexpected. And of course, if Ginsberg retires, Trump will get to have selected at least 3 justices during his term as president.





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#1226157 - Wed Jun 27 2018 07:43 PM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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It was often rumored that Kennedy wanted to retire during a Republican presidency.

Ginsberg would die before she let a Republican pick her successor.

Hell, if she does die while Trump is in office, the unhinged left will "Weekend at Bernies" her until the corpse is mummified. ;\)

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#1226159 - Thu Jun 28 2018 12:24 AM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: the G-man]
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I wonder what you, as a lawyer, think of Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a Supreme Court justice.

As we touched on in a previous topic, I (as a non-lawyer) see her as a USSC justice who is a partisan and a liberal activist on the Court, rather than a justice who rules based on legal precedent and preservation of the true intent of the Constitution.

A few examples I can think of offhand.

1) Ginsberg ruled on gay marriage a few years ago, and it turned out that just a few weeks before the ruling, Ginsberg had conducted the ceremony at a gay wedding! Manifesting a certain bias in her ruling, where she should have recused herself.

and

2) Where some African country was forming a new government, she said that forming a nation's constitution now, she wouldn't use the U.S. Constitution as a model for forming a new government. Which was quite alarming to me, since it is her job to judge laws that conform to that U.S. Constitution, that she seemed to have an ironic contempt and disregard for!

Her and Sotomayor are the two weak links on the Court, that seem (my opinion) the most prone to rule on their own biases and personal liberal advocacy, rather than the Constitutionality of the law.

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#1226249 - Sun Jul 08 2018 09:52 PM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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If rumors/alleged insider leaks prove true, Ginsberg is going to be next very soon.

None of this is by coincidence. The chickens are finally coming home to roost for that corrupt, pedo-cunt (see also: she advocated for lowering age of consent to twelve years old).

I'm lost without the sig divider.

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#1226250 - Mon Jul 09 2018 08:05 AM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
the G-man
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 Originally Posted By: Wonder Boy


I wonder what you, as a lawyer, think of Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a Supreme Court justice.

As we touched on in a previous topic, I (as a non-lawyer) see her as a USSC justice who is a partisan and a liberal activist on the Court, rather than a justice who rules based on legal precedent and preservation of the true intent of the Constitution.

A few examples I can think of offhand.

1) Ginsberg ruled on gay marriage a few years ago, and it turned out that just a few weeks before the ruling, Ginsberg had conducted the ceremony at a gay wedding! Manifesting a certain bias in her ruling, where she should have recused herself.

and

2) Where some African country was forming a new government, she said that forming a nation's constitution now, she wouldn't use the U.S. Constitution as a model for forming a new government. Which was quite alarming to me, since it is her job to judge laws that conform to that U.S. Constitution, that she seemed to have an ironic contempt and disregard for!

Her and Sotomayor are the two weak links on the Court, that seem (my opinion) the most prone to rule on their own biases and personal liberal advocacy, rather than the Constitutionality of the law.


I see her as very intelligent, quite collegial, but extremely partisan.

And if she passes away while a republican is president, you're going to see liberals driving their kids out to the desert for mass murder suicides.

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#1226251 - Mon Jul 09 2018 10:57 AM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: the G-man]
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And if she passes away while a republican is president, you're going to see liberals driving their kids out to the desert for mass murder suicides.


\:lol\:

That was funny to read, but I'm not entirely sure you're joking.

Ginsberg has been in poor health, so it's a very real possibility that she could either resign or die in office.


It does seem that Republicans look for a justice who will rule according to precedent and the Constitutional rule of law, even if it contradicts their own political views on issues like gay rights, abortion, gun control and Obamacare. Whereas Democrats seem to want liberal advocates who will vote the party line as a liberal advocate creating new precedents, rather than respecting the true intent of the law, and past precedent.

The one ruling that bothered me as a conservative Republican was over Obamacare, and that was because John Roberts, who clearly said Obamacare is unconstitutional should have been the vote to overturn it, but voted to keep it, because "it is not the job of the Court to overturn bad law" but is instead something to be decided in popular elections. Which was both voting on political considerations and not the law, and also passing the buck, on what it is the U S Supreme Court's job to do. And Roberts did it in two different rulings on Obamacare!

And of course, liberals loved that ruling, because by whatever circumnavigation of the law, it allowed the Democrat political victory of Obamacare to stand (the only legislative victory of Obama's entire 8 years.)

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#1226252 - Mon Jul 09 2018 11:32 AM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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In any case, Trump will announce his new court nominee tonight.

The opposition by Democrats is allegedly a grudge match because of the Republican opposition to Obama replacing Scalia in the concluding months of his presidency (even though Democrats did the same in previous replacement battles). If not for the Gorsuch appointment, Democrats would find some other manufactured pretext to oppose any Republican court replacement pick.

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#1226253 - Mon Jul 09 2018 04:26 PM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Trump will announce his pick within a few hours, at which the field of four nominees will narrow to one.

It's hilarious to me that the left has already arranged to have angry protests to coincide with the announcement. They don't even know who the nominee is, but they still arrange in advance to create the spectacle of a large protest, NO MATTER WHO the nominee is!

They did the same with the Gorsuch nomination.

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    Liberals who bemoan discrimination, intolerance, restraint of Constitutional freedoms, and promotion of hatred toward various abberant minorities, have absolutely no problem with discriminating against, being intolerant of, restricting Constitutional freedoms of, and directing hate-filled scapegoat rhetoric against conservatives.

    EXACTLY what they accuse Republicans/conservatives of doing, is EXACTLY what liberals/Democrats do themselves, to those who oppose their beliefs.

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#1226254 - Mon Jul 09 2018 07:37 PM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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A great question by Lou Dobbs tonight on his program, speaking with Ed Rollins (Reagan's campaign manager).

Dobbs asked: Why didn't Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in failing health, retire from the Court while Obama was president, to assure a liberal would replace her on the court?
To which Dobbs himself answered: "Because she didn't trust the man!"

Ginsberg likely was confident Hillary Clinton would win the election, and would be the one to appoint her replacement. But it's an interesting thought, that she didn't trust Obama to appoint her replacement.

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#1226265 - Tue Jul 10 2018 10:09 PM Re: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement [Re: Wonder Boy]
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It was announce at 9PM last night. Hannity's program included Trump's announcement, Brett Kavenaugh's speech immediately after, and commentary on the nomination:




The left's kneejerk protests and backlash was, of course, instant. And insane. The guy clerked for Justice Kennedy, and if Kennedy had selected his own replacement it likely would have been Kavenaugh. He has a reputation as an impeccable and impartial judge by both conservatives and liberals who worked with him, was hired by Justice Elena Kagan to teach law at Harvard, his mom taught at predominantly black schools and taught him to appreciate the underprivileged, and he devotes holidays to helping the pastor of his Catholic church in a soup kitchen feeding the homeless. And his family is like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

I mean geez, how do you condemn this guy?



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