Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

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On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he is retiring from the bench.

Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Photographer: Steve Petteway, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Breyer has been a consistently liberal voice to the bench in the more than two decades he has served on the Supreme Court. His retirement comes amid a push from Democrats for him to step down to give President Biden a chance to nominate a new justice to the bench in a 6-3 conservative majority court.

The 83-year-old justice was nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton.

The Hill reports:

The timing of Breyer’s departure is consistent with the modern trend of Supreme Court justices stepping down when the White House is controlled by the same party behind their nomination, a dynamic known as “strategic retirement.”

With Democrats holding a razor-thin majority in the Senate, the question of Breyer’s possible retirement had gripped Washington, particularly liberal activists and progressive lawmakers.

Many liberals had pointed to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September 2020 and subsequent confirmation of conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the waning days of the Trump administration as a cautionary tale for Breyer, and urged him to avoid what they view as Ginsburg’s severe miscalculation.

“I’m sure Breyer realizes what a blow Justice Ginsburg’s non-retirement was to the possibility of ever having an even mildly progressive Court in our lifetime,” Dan Kobil, a law professor at Capital University, told The Hill in a previous interview. “And that describes Breyer — mildly progressive.”



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DrBarbara
DrBarbara
3 months ago

“Mildly progressive”!!? Yeah, right.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
3 months ago
Reply to  DrBarbara

Translate to not Progressive enough.

lindy
lindy
3 months ago

So now another communist will be appointed to the bench.

alicia
alicia
3 months ago
Reply to  lindy

or chamaleon or obama. both DISASTROUS!!

Alan
Alan
3 months ago
Reply to  alicia

Whichever clown Slo Joe (or whoever is really making executive decisions – Bar Hussein) choose, the pick would have to get approved.

barb2554
barb2554
3 months ago

is this the WH off ramp for Kamala? The way to get her out of the way since she’s proved she’s not up for the VP job? Then agian, could she do just as much dmage on SCOTUS? Probalby not, she’ll just join the ranks of left-wing loons that have been on SCOTUS since the days of RBG and her ilk.

Larry
Larry
3 months ago
Reply to  barb2554

You know you might have something there betting you are right on point with this statement

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
3 months ago
Reply to  barb2554

Or, Barry or Michele

tzwksq
tzwksq
3 months ago

It was a predictable move … before Nov rolls around and kills any chance the Rep Senate will confirm.

Susan Hobson
3 months ago

I believe he was forced out because Biden wants one of Obama’s in. Time to fight this Demo dodge.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
3 months ago
Reply to  Susan Hobson

Didn’t want to be “Arkansided.”

Larry
Larry
3 months ago

All set with libtardous on the bench they have done more harm to this republic than good

Anthony Hoffert
Anthony Hoffert
3 months ago

The Supreme Court shouldn’t be progressive, Democrat, Republican, or even conservative. The Supreme Court should be constitutional and nothing else. No politics in the Court. I honestly prefer a conservative, republican Court, but it should just be constitutional making decisions based on the words of the constitution alone.

Frank W Brown
Frank W Brown
3 months ago

Wonder which VERMIN Brandon will nominate!

David Dempsey
David Dempsey
3 months ago

If Biden nominates a Liberal, and the Senate confirms, the Supreme Court will not change.

Cletis Hatchet.
Cletis Hatchet.
3 months ago

I am sure that the CCP run CFR has already made their decision on the witch to take this mans place.Hillary Bottom Clinton?

Lee Martinsen
Lee Martinsen
3 months ago

You mean Hitlery Rotten Clinclown.

Americafirst
Americafirst
3 months ago

Democrats very much are trying to Push Breyer off the Supreme Court. If he won’t go, they will kill him. he has no choice but to leave because the evil Democrats want to put Kamala Harris, another evil Democrat in the Supreme Court as their very own corrupt justice. Justice is a laughable word now that evil Democrats walk this earth. However, nearly every single Justice has been flown to Gitmo and given ultimatums. That is the number one reason why Beyer is retiring. The second is the evil Democrats. They do not want Kamala in as President. She can’t anyway because she was not born in the United States. Don’t let the evil Dem’s tell you otherwise

Lee Martinsen
Lee Martinsen
3 months ago
Reply to  Americafirst

If Kameltoe Harris is qualified to be President, then it’s not qualified to be VP either.

Maria
Maria
3 months ago

Not a good time to retire. I wonder what he got offered in order to comply with the Democrats’ previous request for him to retire, which he denied not doing. Sad times and getting sadder.

alicia
alicia
3 months ago
Reply to  Maria

money, what else. but at 85 yrs old what incentive does money give, unless to yuor offspring. SAD and DANGEROUS!

alicia
alicia
3 months ago

Justice Breyer, please dont retre yet! Handg on and stand firm please. or our cuntry will go down wth obama or other far left justice. Do NOT allow your party push you into retirement please.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
3 months ago

What kind of a woke idiot will Senile Joe nominate? He’s going to check off another box by picking a “black woman.” How about nominating the best person, regardless of color or sex?

Lee Martinsen
Lee Martinsen
3 months ago

Because he’s a racist shitstain.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 months ago

Admitting that Ginsburg’s non-retirement was a “severe miscalculation” drapes a sandwich sign over his shoulders that reads “unjust partisan” and confesses to his own greatest flaw.

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