Speculation mounts over possible retirement of SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer

According to The Hill, speculation regarding the potential retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer continues to mount, and increasing numbers of activists on the left are making their opinions on the subject loudly known.

The death last fall of liberal judicial icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg set left-leaning court watchers on edge, and now that there is once again a Democrat in the White House, many believe that this is the ideal time for a vacancy to occur. At 82 years of age, Breyer is the obvious candidate, though he has yet to make any public statement about his intentions in this regard.

Democrats concerned about the ideological makeup of the high court realize that their party’s extremely tenuous hold on Congress means that time really is of the essence in terms of shaping the bench, and they are fearful that Breyer may miss an opportunity to ensure a like-minded replacement, as was the case when Ginsburg declined to retire while former President Barack Obama could have chosen her successor.

Law professor Dan Kobil articulated the widespread concern felt on the left, explaining to The Hill, “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.”

Pressure on Breyer has also come from others in the halls of academia, with University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Dean Edwin Chemerinsky telling The Hill, “If one Democrat leaves for whatever reason, the Democrats could lose the Senate. For Breyer to have someone with his values and views replace him, retiring this summer could be crucial.”

Breyer’s future has also received significant attention from leftist interest groups such as Demand Justice, whose executive director Brian Fallon stated plainly that “people need to stop being sheepish about this,” according to Politico, adding, “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.”

Fallon continued, saying, “Mitch McConnell was not above directly calling judges to urge them to retire last year, so senators should not be so reluctant to state the obvious of what is at risk if Breyer does not take this opportunity to step down.”

The Biden administration has reportedly avoided putting any specific pressure on Breyer to depart the bench, and Senate Judiciary Committee member Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has said he personally would “never presume to tell a Supreme Court justice to retire,” as Poltico noted.

However, the senator from Connecticut also stated that Breyer “is well familiar with the way judicial appointments work, and I believe strongly he has in mind the best interests of the country and will make the right decision.,” making it clear that the octogenarian justice will continue feeling the heat from all corners. Whether he in fact accedes to that pressure remains to be seen.

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17 Responses

  1. Everyone sems to be missing the whole point of SCOTUS as designed by our forefathers. They wer the third part of the system of checks and balances and as such they shouldn’t be tied to a party or any party lines. They should be tied only to The US Constitution. They should be to protecting it and thereby the American people.

  2. If he’s smart, he’ll wait until after the next presidential election. He can’t be blind to the damage the Biden administration has caused and continues to cause.

  3. If we don’t go back to GOD the whole world is going to Hell. This is a fact. We are in GOD’s count down. I belive this in my heart and soul.

  4. WTF, we have older than Breyer in Congress. Fienstain is rocking on 90 and displays signs of dementia. Get rid of the geriatrics in congress before looking at SCOTUS. SCOTUS is supposed to be the wise old ones protecting the Constitution and the citizens.

  5. If he is too old, then so is Biden. Aren’t they about the same age. Biden is way older brain wise and body wise. Beryer you have many good years yet.

  6. My question….what happens when the truth comes out with election fraud…AZ is finalizing and more states will follow. I am from WI and 3 out of 5 contested districts are stepping forward. Time for truth and if Biden and Congress appoint a new judge will this person keep his post….should not!

  7. As each day goes by you can see for yourself that Biden is not mentally or physically capable to do the job of President, he shows that what ever he says or does is not from his own mind, he who has spent 50 years in our Government, has now shown a side of himself that really does not exist , he has been either drugged, threatened or brain washed to become this BAD PERSON that he now exhibits. PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES YOU MUST STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND EITHER FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS, YOUR CONSTITUTION, YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR WAY OF LIFE before it is to late and you, no matter what color, religion, political affiliate, or wealth, you will regret it and become the SLAVES OF THE 21ST CENTURY, CONTROLED BY THE EVIL PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEIR CO-HORTS. GOD BLESS AMERICA, ONE DIVIDED NATION UNDER GOD, and that is not His Highness Biden or his Ho Kamala and the crooked cabinet. AMEN.

  8. He will cave to the demons just like everyone else in America has done like good dogs just Obeying along & losing more & more of Your Country Rights Freedoms & Liberties
    No worries America is Lost to HER People thanks to the government that has Betrayed them
    A once Great Nation Fallen to demons

  9. Lord help us with the appointment Biden would make. It will be the most extreme left he can find. Ouch!

    1. Hold on to your seat Justice Breyer. You were appointed to your position for life. Some lower lives want to take your seat away to satisfy their greed. Sham on them.

  10. Great now another opening may be coming and the left is just hoping that he does retire

    1. Perhaps the uber-left can get the Clintons to help “retire” Breyer in the good old-fashioned mob way…………..

    2. Why do we keep brining in the geriatrics who are already way to old. And if Obama was brought in, he would screw up the U.S. even more.

    3. NOW it’s time for the REPUBLICANS to attack any one the LEFTY MARXISTS try to elect. I will testify in order to destroy anyone they choose. Turn about is FAIR PLAY !

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