by Just An American | June 20, 2016 11:56 am
What is happening? Now there is talk going around suggesting that Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is considering retirement after this next presidential election. Why? Keep reading…
From the Washington Examiner:
Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and approved by the Senate after a bitter confirmation, has been considering retirement for a while and never planned to stay until he died, they said. He likes to spend summers in his RV with his wife.
Ginni Thomas, the justice’s wife, dismissed the retirement talk as “bogus” in a Facebook post.
“For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives” she wrote. “IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is,” she added.
That would be good news for conservatives because his retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a one-vote edge in the court that is currently divided 4-4.
Should Thomas leave, that slight majority would continue if Donald Trump becomes president. If it’s Hillary Clinton, then she would get the chance to flip two Republican seats, giving the liberals a 6-3 majority.
And, conservatives fear, that could switch to a 7-2 majority if Republican Justice Anthony Kennedy, already a swing vote, retires. He will be 80 next year.
We recently reported that if Clinton wins the presidency, her majority liberal court could stay in power at least until 2050.
Here’s hoping there is weight in his wife’s words and it’s not just a ruse to buy some time. The fate of the nation would be unclear if he were to step down. Balance would need to be restored and there is no guarantee that it would be. That’s the scary part.
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