While our Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Neil Gorsuch, has been sworn in, welcomed into the fold by fellow Supreme Court Justices and the SCOTUS is ready to get down to business, Progressives must be feeling uneasy about future retirees and appointees.
The odds exist that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the next Supreme Court Justice to retire just as the odds are that a Republican judge will replace her. How does that affect Justice Ginsburg’s legacy?
…The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court represents a huge political victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who gambled on blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland in the hopes of a GOP electoral victory.
It may also have been an equally huge loss for the of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who ignored increasing calls for her retirement during the Obama administration to avoid the prospect of the flipping of her seat from a liberal to a conservative member. That gamble — whatever calculation — could now cost a sweeping number of key cases hanging by a 5-4 margin, including much of the precedent built around Roe v. Wade, if not an outright overturning of that decision.
Some of the smartest people can stay too long in a game on the assumption that they can gain more with time […]
So where do we go from here?