BREAKING: Justice Kennedy Will Retire

UPDATE #3: Statement from NARAL Pro Choice Colorado:

This is a crisis and the threat to safe, legal abortion in Colorado and around the country is very real. This is why Colorado must elect a pro-choice Governor, and why our Senators must take action now to stop any anti-choice Supreme Court nominee.

President Trump has said he will only nominate Justices who will overturn Roe. That is not only unacceptable, it is an insult to Coloradans and our pro-choice values. Whether Democrat, Republican, or Unaffiliated, Colorado voters overwhelmingly support the right to choose and have said so repeatedly at the ballot box.

US Senators Gardner and Bennet must not just oppose, but actively work to block any Supreme Court nominee who will overturn Roe v. Wade and the Constitutional right to choose abortion. This threat further underscores the need to protect Colorado laws with a pro-choice Governor and a pro-choice House and Senate, making our November elections even more critical.

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UPDATE #2: Might Sen. Cory Gardner’s words after the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 come back to haunt him?

Seems like that could once again be, you know, applicable.

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UPDATE: USA TODAY:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving President Trump and Senate Republicans an opportunity to create a solidly conservative court that could last for decades.

Kennedy’s long-rumored decision to step down July 31 will touch off a titanic battle between conservatives and liberals in the nation’s capital, on the airwaves, and in states represented by key senators whose votes will be needed to confirm his successor.

Because apparently the nation needed another challenge or something. Developing…

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  1. spaceman65 says:

    No hearing until 2019.  After all it's an election year.  McConnell's rules everyone

    • unnamed says:

      Damn straight

    • Mike W. says:

      Trump's been campaigning since February of 2017. We're in a Presidential election cycle, by the President's own decree. Only right to wait for the American people to weigh in. 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Given Twitlers penchant for breaking norms, maybe a Justice Gardner is in the realm of possibility? 2020 is likely  to be a tough year and absent a VP opportunity this may be Chuck and Dave’s opportunity to leave an imprint on the big bench for decades. Besides,  Dubya has already cleared the road-less-traveled with Harriet what’s-her-name.  

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    Oh, this’ll go through before the election.  They don’t have the requisite shame to do anything else.  Just like the tax cut, the senators who are “concerned” by Trump will forget all about that to get something they desperately want.

    Hey, the circuits need realignment anyway.  If the Dems get back into power, they should add a few justices.

  3. Zappatero says:

    Don’t be daft, CPols. Cory doesn’t give a flying fuck about anything.

    The key question is does SFL Bennet have the guts to do *ANYTHING* to fight this. 

    I’m quite sure he doesn’t. He’s a fucking coward. 

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    You want to see a lot of young & female voters? Point out that with the new justice (they'll be confirmed by then) Roe v. Wade is about to go down and their only chance for legal abortions is the state legislatures, Governors, & Senators.

    There's a bad side to this, yes. But a giant good side too. Instead of a squish who gave us 1/10th of a loaf, we now get nothing from the court – and that change in focus will likely be gigantic.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      It will be interesting to see what the Evangelicals will do once they have achieved their dream of a world without abortions or miscarriages.  They ought to have a lot of time on their hands after that goals been achieved.  And to think that Republicans were concerned about activist judges who bend the facts to fit their ideology.  How quaint.

  5. Pseudonymous says:

    This just in to the No-Shit-Sherlock desk:

    Democrats Regret Not Fighting Harder For Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

    Chris Kang, who worked in the Obama White House for six years and played a central role in getting his judicial nominees confirmed, said “there’s no question” Democrats could have done more to push Garland’s nomination through, even if they had limited options in the minority. 

    “They should have had regrets since the day Gorsuch was nominated,” said Kang, who now works for Demand Justice, a new nonprofit aimed at motivating progressive voters on the courts and judicial nominees. “The more important question is, what will these senators do now? Just tweet their regret or actually start opposing all of Trump’s judges?”

    A number of Democrats ― especially those facing tough re-election fights in November ― have been voting with Republicans this year to approve some of Trump’s less controversial judicial nominations, which are lifetime appointments at the federal level. That has contributed to McConnell’s goal of reshaping the federal judicial bench with younger, more conservative judges.

    #Civility #Resist

  6. Gilpin Guy says:

    Kennedy could have been the fifth vote on most the cases as much as Gorsuch.  It really leaves them in a 5-4 situation with the lone exception that whoever replaces Kennedy won't be reticent about abandoning abortion precedents.  Hang in there RBG.

  7. RepealAndReplace says:

    Donald, Jr. has come out in favor of Jeanine Pirro as Kennedy's replacement.

  8. ParkHill says:

    Zappy is right on this one.

    Since the Democrats don't have the majority, the only way to prevent the new Trump justice will be convincing Murkowski and Collins. Thin reed, I know. The other thin reed is if McCain's health keeps him away from the Capitol.

    Restoring Democracy.

    It will come down to a legislative slog over the next three cycles: Potential Senate & House majorities this year will depend on anti-Trump sentiment in general, the immigration issue in hispanic states, and the tariff fallout in the Farm states and the Midwest. Then 2020 & 2022 things should start avalanching our way… 

    Swing states with a lot of upsides for us: Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arizona & Florida. Maybe Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. Texas in 2020 or 2022.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Zappy is – for once – correct. We should work on winning Collins and Murkowski over. Collins is more winnable. Murkowski got her ANWR drilling approved and is probably a loyal foot soldier for her party.

      But keep in mind we have real risk that Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkampe and Joe Manchin will vote to confirm. So even if Collins and Murkowski voted "nay," we will probably lose as many if not more red state Dems.

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