To Democrat’s dismay Justice Stephen Breyer has revealed he will not be stepping down from the bench anytime soon. The news comes as the senior justice has faced calls from the left to retire to make way for President Biden to nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court.
According to The Washington Examiner:
The chief reason for that, Breyer said, is that as the most senior liberal justice on the court, he has found a new appreciation for the judicial process, and that leading some discussions “has made a difference to me.”
“It is not a fight,” he said of the justices’ private conversations. “It is not sarcasm. It is deliberation.”
This past term, Breyer wrote the majority opinion in several of the court’s major decisions. He took the lead in the court’s decision against Oracle in a decadelong copyright dispute with Google. Breyer also wrote the majority opinion in a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. The case marked the third time the court saved Obamacare, which Breyer often maneuvered behind the scenes to preserve.
Until this year, Breyer served in the shadows of other liberal justices. Ginsburg was appointed to the bench in 1993, a year before him. She was the court’s senior liberal from 2010, following the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, until her death. Breyer made clear that his role was one he’s not willing to give up so quickly.
Liberal court activists and Democrat lawmakers were infuriated by the news.
While our pressure campaign didn’t work, this proves that all of the finger-wagging that it would backfire was flat-out wrong: Breyer is holding on because he enjoys his new power — exactly the kind of thing he should be called out for.https://t.co/8JSb82mhvw pic.twitter.com/McNOkWLT4g
— Christopher Kang (@cdkang76) July 15, 2021