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  • Supreme Court: Will Justice Kennedy retire this month?

    Only speculation...but if this did end up happening.....

    The Supreme Court’s term ends next week with growing speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy--the panel’s most pivotal member--may retire at age 80 after 29 years on the court.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...his-month.html
    "I don't discuss sitting presidents," Mattis tells NPR in an interview. "I believe that you owe a period of quiet."

  • #2
    If he does it’s just another reason to thank God Hitlery didn’t win the election.
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tsar View Post
      If he does it’s just another reason to thank God Hitlery didn’t win the election.
      +1!

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      • #4
        It'd be far more interesting to see the response from the Left if Ginsburg keeled over...

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        • #5
          Im pretty sure Pelosi, Shumer ect...will convince him to stay on and even setup a life support tube at his residence to keep him alive until 2020...or even tube up Ginsberg to keep her breathing to 2020....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Darth Holliday View Post
            Im pretty sure Pelosi, Shumer ect...will convince him to stay on and even setup a life support tube at his residence to keep him alive until 2020...or even tube up Ginsberg to keep her breathing to 2020....
            So should one worry if they end up looking like your avatar?

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            • #7
              Looks like he'll stay on during the term that starts in Oct 2017. He's hired clerks etc. However the rumor is that he's telling applicants for clerkships that start in Oct 2018 that he may retire and not serve that term.

              http://thehill.com/homenews/news/340...xt-year-report

              NPR reported that Kennedy hired his law clerks for the coming term but has not yet hired law clerks for the term beginning in October 2018.

              He told those who applied he was thinking about retiring.
              “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
              “To talk of many things:
              Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
              Of cabbages—and kings—
              And why the sea is boiling hot—
              And whether pigs have wings.”
              ― Lewis Carroll

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              • #8
                That will be interesting, if only to see how things go.

                Scalia died in the 4th year of the serving President's term. The Senate, under the leadership of the Opposition party, decided not to allow a nominee to be brought forward for a hearing or a general vote under the argument that the serving President only had 11 months remaining and the SC appointment should be held for the new President.

                If Kennedy retires in 18 it would be only the 2nd year of the current President's term. I would argue that the argument preceding would not be valid or sound due to there being more that 1 year in which the post would stand unfilled.

                I didn't fully agree with the previous Senatorial decision, although I understood the logic and agreed that the Senate has some power to "slow bake" a nomination. However, 2 years and 3-4 months would be excessive IMHO. The precedent is set that a true 'lame duck' in his last year may or may not be able to make long-lasting appointments to high courts, the only question will be if that precedent will be attempted to be stretched to what could reasonably be considered a full term.....in which case a President would only be able to make high court appointments in his first hundred days.
                Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                • #9
                  With the GOP controlling the Senate it would not matter if we had a sudden vacancy 2 months before the next Presidential election. Heck if the GOP lost that election the GOP Senate would push through a nomination in the last days before Jan 20th 2021....
                  “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
                  “To talk of many things:
                  Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
                  Of cabbages—and kings—
                  And why the sea is boiling hot—
                  And whether pigs have wings.”
                  ― Lewis Carroll

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                  • #10
                    Party controlling the Senate is never guaranteed. And I don't like things being Party line. Things might be more partisan than others, that's understandable, but anything passed purely on party line is likely not good for the American People.
                    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
                      With the GOP controlling the Senate it would not matter if we had a sudden vacancy 2 months before the next Presidential election. Heck if the GOP lost that election the GOP Senate would push through a nomination in the last days before Jan 20th 2021....

                      If the Democrats control the senate they would and will do the same.
                      Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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                      • #12
                        Republicans just quietly got some very good Supreme Court news

                        Came across this a few minutes ago.

                        http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politi...48R?li=BBnb7Kz

                        From the article: "But it is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency. While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement."

                        Sounds like, barring some major change of mind, he's gone.

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