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As Kennedy Mulls Retirement, Liberals Plead: Don’t Let Trump Have Another SCOTUS Pick

Liberals don’t want President Trump to have another Supreme Court pick, so they’re heaping praise on Reagan appointee Anthony Kennedy as he mulls retirement.

Trump in Kennedy Garden

Liberals afraid that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire this year are heaping praise on the Reagan-appointed justice, afraid Kennedy will give President Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in one year.

Reuters reported on Thursday:

The liberal Democrats’ keep-Kennedy campaign, being pursued publicly and privately, reflects how powerless they have become against the Republican president when it comes to high court vacancies since the Senate in April reduced the vote tally needed to confirm a Supreme Court nomination to 51 from 60.

The Need to Know (NTK) Network has reported on rumors of Kennedy’s retirement this year. If Trump has the chance to replace Kennedy – who is considered either just left of center or just right of center on the ideological spectrum – Trump will have the chance to send the Supreme Court in a conservative direction for decades to come.

As Reuters noted, Senate Republicans would likely have an easy time collecting the 51 votes needed to confirm a Supreme Court justice. Liberals, who cheered Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” on Senate filibusters in 2013, have buyers’ remorse now that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has removed the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees in 2017.