United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is apparently retiring and Democrats are positively giddy because this will give Joe Biden a chance to appoint a new judge to the court.
Of course, this won’t really change the make-up of the court because it’s not like Biden is replacing one of the conservative judges.
Democrats are just dying for any sort of win to take the public’s mind off Biden’s failures.
The Associated Press reports:
Justice Breyer to retire, giving Biden first court pick
Longtime liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, numerous sources said Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden his first high court opening, which he has pledged to fill with the historic naming of the court’s first Black woman.
Breyer, 83, has been a pragmatic force on a court that has grown increasingly conservative, trying to forge majorities with more moderate justices right and left of center. His retirement will give Biden the chance to name and win confirmation of a replacement before next fall’s election when Republicans could retake the Senate and block future nominees.
Biden and Breyer are expected to hold an event at the White House Thursday to formally announce Breyer’s plans to retire, according to a person briefed on the planning who was not authorized to publicly discuss it in advance. Democrats are planning a swift confirmation, perhaps even before Breyer officially steps down, which is not expected before summer.
He has been a justice since 1994, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Along with the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he opted not to step down the last time the Democrats controlled the White House and the Senate during Barack Obama’s presidency. Ginsburg died in September 2020, and then-President Donald Trump filled the vacancy with a conservative justice, Amy Coney Barrett.
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According to Shannon Bream of FOX News, the news of Breyer’s retirement was not supposed to be made public yet.
Multiple sources tell me Justice Breyer was not planning to announce his retirement today. They describe him as "upset" with how this has played out. We still await any official notice from his office and/or the #SCOTUS public information office.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) January 26, 2022
What likely happened here is that liberals heard the news and just couldn’t keep it to themselves.
They needed this so badly.
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