This little red wave we saw in Texas this weekend is starting to get some people’s attention.
With Joe Biden’s polling numbers going the wrong way and Democrats getting shut out in Texas, there is a growing concern on the left that Republicans could be back in the White House come January 2025.
That being said, the heat is getting turned up on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire now to ensure Biden can replace him with a liberal on the bench.
Even though Justice Breyer is 82 years old, he has not hinted that he is ready for retirement.
The left, however, continues to point to the gross miscalculation by the late Justice Ginsburg as proof as to why he needs to retire now.
Ginsburg was reportedly mulling retirement when Obama was in office, but she firmly believed Hillary was going to beat Trump and put it off.
Reports stated that Ginsburg wanted Hillary to be the first female president to replace a female justice with another female justice.
When Trump won, it forced Ginsburg to remain on the bench, and we all know how that played out.
Democrats do not want to see the same thing happen again, so Breyer is now being pressured to step down after the current term.
Dan Kobil, a law professor at Capital University, stated, “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. And that describes Breyer — mildly progressive.
“So, I think he would not want to double down on what many view as her miscalculation.”
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, added, “If one Democrat leaves for whatever reason, the Democrats could lose the Senate.
“For Breyer to have someone with his values and views replace him, retiring this summer could be crucial.
“If the Republicans take the Senate, they will not confirm a Biden nominee.”
The problem for those calling for Breyer’s retirement is that the aging justice is showing no signs of age regarding mental acuity.
He has always stated, much like Ginsburg, that if he can do the job, Breyer wants to continue to sit on the bench.
Dems are now running into a situation where it will look like Breyer was bullied off the bench if he suddenly reverses and decides to retire.
The alternative, at least in their eyes, however, is far worse.
If Breyer decides to stay on and a Republican wins in 2024, it could possibly give conservatives a 7-2 edge on the court, and we can only imagine the outrage on the left if that were to happen.
So, expect significant pressure to be applied to Breyer in coming months not necessarily by the White House, but from everyone else on the left.
Source: The Hill