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A SCOTUS justice to retire?

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A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby cruiser » Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:04 am

Rumor in the capital say it's a 50-50 chance justice Anthony Kennedy will retire shortly, President
Trump gets to appoint another one? Is RBG thinking about pulling the pin also? She has -had
various medical problems over the years.



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Re: A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby MDDad » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:19 am

If Kennedy retires and I were Trump, I'd nominate a slightly right of center candidate, see him get approved, call it a night, cash in my chips, and go home.

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Re: A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby Parrotpaul » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:09 am

I wish you were Trump.
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Re: A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby Professor Fate » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:43 am

I'd go slightly right of center if it was Ginsburg or Breyer. I might even be tempted to go with Merrick Garland in that case. But for Kennedy, I'd go with a Gorsuch clone, whoever that might be.

In Kennedy's case, there is a gamble to be weighed. If his replacement is too conservative, the more centrist Republicans might be troubled by a second strong conservative. With only a 52-48 edge that could be a problem. Should they wait 'til after the 2018 elections, when the odds are the Republicans will gain in the Senate? Maybe, but nothing is certain in elections, as we all saw last November.

Or...can a vote be taken while Kennedy is still on the Court, if he announces his retirement? If so, could Kennedy just make his retirement effective upon the successful confirmation of his successor?
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Re: A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby Bick » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:28 pm

MDDad wrote:If Kennedy retires and I were Trump, I'd nominate a slightly right of center candidate, see him get approved, call it a night, cash in my chips, and go home.


Seems like every candidate should be as close to center as possible.

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Re: A SCOTUS justice to retire?

Postby MDDad » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:48 pm

I agree, and it will happen as soon as we make politics illegal.

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