What are your thoughts if the judge Kennedy retirement rumors are true?
That if they are true and if it happens it’s really, really, really, really, bad. It’s hard to say, Neil Gorsuch clerked for Kennedy so a lot of people viewed picking Neil as a gesture to Kennedy. Kind of like, “hey I’ll pick reasonable people go ahead and reitre, you’ve been thinking about it anyway.” If it worked then we’re going to have another Gorsuch type I would assume and the already conservative court will remain so for decades.
Little bit of hypothetical fear mongering, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pretty old, not so old that she definitely won’t be around in 2020, but 2024 could be pushing it considering previous health problems. If Kennedy retired AND that happened it would fundamentally transform the United States for decades to come.
Kennedy stepping down seems kind of likely to be honest. They targeted him because he was already considering retirement, but hopefully it’s just a rumor. The RBG thing is obviously hypothetical, but I don’t think people really appreciate how much the United States could change if all of that happened.