Juan Williams: The time for Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement is now

Speculation about potential retirements at the U.S. Supreme Court continues to swirl, and in a recent op-ed for The Hill, commentator Juan Williams argues that the justice who most needs to consider a strategic departure from the bench is liberal stalwart Stephen Breyer.

Williams begins his piece by warning about the conservative tilt the high court has experienced in recent years, citing a recent analysis from the Washington Post claiming that the current composition of the bench renders it “more conservative than the elected branches [of the federal government] to a degree not seen in 70 years.”

He goes on to blame the above circumstance on Senate Republicans, assailing their decision to block then-President Barack Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland to the court in 2016 as well as their actions in subsequently confirming all three of the justices nominated during the presidency of Donald Trump.

According to Williams, the conservative majority on the court is cause for concern among the American public, and he points to a Reuters/Ipsos poll from April in which 63% of respondents indicated a desire for age or term limits on Supreme Court justices, and 38% expressed an interest in expanding the court to add four more seats.

The liberal pundit argued that adding to the urgency of the need for a Breyer retirement – which would permit his replacement to be nominated by President Joe Biden and likely confirmed by a narrow Democrat margin in the Senate – is a recent announcement that the high court will hear arguments in a potentially pivotal abortion case that could deal a serious blow to the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade.

As Williams sees it, the only recourse for liberals in the near term is to begin efforts to recalibrate the makeup of the existing court by “nudging” the 82-year-old Breyer out the door. Otherwise, he argues, there is a serious risk he will repeat the mistake made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was widely criticized by the left for not stepping down during the Obama administration in order to ensure the confirmation of an ideologically suitable successor.

Williams is not alone in his assessment of the situation, and pressure on Breyer continues to mount from left-wing academics and court watchers alike. Law professor Dan Kobil explained earlier this month, “I’m sure Breyer realizes what a blow Justice Ginsburg’s non-retirement was to the possibility of ever having an even mildly progressive Court in our lifetime. So I think he would not want to double down on what many view as her miscalculation.”

Brian Fallon, executive director of far-left advocacy group Demand Justice, has put things even more plainly, saying, according to Politico, “People need to stop being sheepish about this. The longer that goes by without word from Breyer that he intends to step down at the end of this term, the more reckless it is.”

Thus far, Justice Breyer has kept his deliberations remarkably close to the vest, so whether he will accede to the retirement demands from Williams and others on the left that seem to grow louder by the day, only time will tell.

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19 Responses

  1. You know I don’t watch any of the news networks, CNN=Communist News Network, and the others are all communist propaganda net works.

  2. I agree, When Obummer was in office, this idiot did nothing but praise the job he was doing, which was nothing. When Trump took office he refused to give him any credit for the great job he was doing. Williams is a phony & Fox should kick him off the air.

  3. His comments on Fox are obviously orchestrated to follow the dem takeover views! He seems intelligent; how could he possibly say with a straight face that the dems are honorable, along with Joe Hussein O’Biden!

  4. The politicians needs to lool at themselves and impose term limits for themselves before anyone else. As for Juan Williams, he’s so smart that he’s naive. The Justice should stay until he or she wants to retire. Any changes should be bipartisant and not by far left liberals.

  5. What else would you expect from Juan Williams Dont confuse him with any facts , his mind? is made up .

  6. Michael, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in enforcement Saunders says:

    Here the democrats go again. They want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court and they want Judge Breyer to retire so they can replace him. The citizens of this country will not stand for that. All the democrats do is lie all of the time to the people of this country. The Citizens of this country really need to throw all the democrats completely out of any office that they hold.

  7. Juan is just another brain-dead has been news person. I think he’s the token idiot on Fox. The great thing to happen with the SCOUS is to keep everyone in tack and in 2024 when Trump is elected maybe he can select 2 or 3 more conservative justice’s. That would cause the radical left to have a complete melt-down. That would be a great thing to see. Please oh please let this happen in 2024.

  8. Juan Williams needs to find another line of work as he is no good at this one 🚫‼‼‼‼‼‼‼🚫

  9. Maybe Juan has forgotten that there are 3 branches of the federal government. The reason for that was to have a check and balance on each other. If the legislative branch and the executive branch and the judicial branch were all like minded it could result in tyrannical government. Currently the legislative and executive branches are left leaning while the judicial branch is more moderate or right leaning. It appears to me to be a good balance.

    1. I believe the makeup of the Supreme Court is more in line with the population than the other 2 branches and I also believe that Juan Williams is an idiot. I use to be a loyal follower of Fox News but people like Juan Williams, Chris Wallace and a few others have changed my mind. I now only tune in to Newsmax. Fox News was always supported by conservatives. If they choose to allow liberal nuts like this to take them down then so be it. Rest in peace Fox News.

  10. The Supreme Court justices do not need to retire – if anyone needs to retire it is you Juan Williams-you are an imbecile and do not know what you are talking about at any time–You are another Biden-thinks you know everything.

    1. Williams is one reason I hardly watch Fox News. I can’t stand his thinking he’s smarter than anyone else

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