It slowly dawned on Democrats that they have a major problem on their hands.
It’s a repeat of a nightmare Democrats just lived through.
And this Supreme Court justice’s retirement plans were bad news for Democrats.
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is the oldest member of the Court at 82 years old.
Democrats are now demanding Breyer retire immediately.
The stated cause of the left-wing push to force the Bill Clinton nominee to step down were remarks Breyer made at Harvard University’s Scalia Lecture Series.
Breyer rejected the Democrat base’s demand to expand the Supreme Court with as many as six new liberal Supreme Court justices to guarantee a permanent left-wing majority because court-packing schemes would destroy any legitimacy the Supreme Court possesses.
Justice Breyer warned that “structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that latter perception, further eroding that trust.”
Breyer hammered home the point stating that his intention was to “make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural change or other similar institutional change, such as forms of court-packing, think long and hard before they embody those changes in law.”
Liberal activists did not take Breyer up on his offer and thought about what he said for two seconds before ramping up calls for Breyer to resign.
Former Hillary Clinton top aide and current executive director of Demand Justice Brian Fallon explained the urgency of Breyer stepping down while Democrats still controlled the Senate.
“This can’t wait much longer. We can’t assume Democrats will have control of the Senate for the next two years,” Fallon told POLITICO. “At this point, we’re firmly in the territory where, historically, you would expect an announcement to happen.”
Supreme Court justices stage their retirements strategically so that they step down when a president of their party is in office.
But Democrats were burned when Ruth Bader Ginsburg rejected calls for her to step down after Barack Obama won re-election in 2012 following her treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Many political observers believed Ginsburg hung on because the uber-feminist Ginsburg wanted Hillary Clinton—expected to be the nation’s first female president—to pick her successor.
Once Donald Trump won the 2016 election, every liberal in America hoped Ginsburg could hang on until after the 2020 election when they hoped a Democrat president would be in office.
But after years of cancer treatments and failing health, Ginsburg sadly passed away last September allowing Donald Trump to remake the Supreme Court into a six to three conservative majority by watching the Republican Senate confirm Amy Coney Barrett.
Democrats worry that if Breyer does not retire soon, Republicans will win back the Senate majority in 2022 and keep any Supreme Court vacancy empty in hopes a Republican wins the White House in 2024.
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