Fox News is reporting that “Some on the left are re-upping their calls for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the bench Monday after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would block a nominee from President Biden in 2024 if Republicans are in the Senate majority.”
Did the Democrats just acknowledge Republicans might take back the Senate next year?
The story quotes “liberal activist” Charlott Clymer’s Twitter message: “Breyer needs to retire. Greatness in public service has to also mean knowing when it’s time to pass the baton, and it’s time.”
That is, now is the time to open up a vacancy, while Joe Biden has a thin Senate majority to confirm a liberal to replace Breyer. That thin majority could vanish next year, as voters may decide they’ve had enough of high gas and food prices, weakness on the international front, violence in the cities, a continuing border crisis and a president who sometimes seems to falter in front of a microphone.
Fox News also quoted Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat who has supported packing the high court.
“When I became the first person in Congress to call for Justice Breyer to retire now, while President Biden can still appoint a successor, some people asked whether it was necessary,” Jones reportedly stated. “Yes. Yes, it is.”
Something else may be at work. Breyer actually told a class at Harvard Law School that packing the Supreme Court could be a bad idea. That doesn’t square with the far left, which seems to currently control the Democratic party. Since Donald Trump was able to solidify a conservative majority on the high court, liberals have been determined to take control by any means necessary. They do not want the current court to be deciding on such issues as gun control or abortion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he will block a Biden nominee if Republicans control the Senate in 2024.
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