So say friends and relatives of Justice Anthony Kennedy who , via NYDailyNews, claim he has told them he will not retire for at least three more years, bringing his Supreme Court justice seat well into the next presidential term, whether that be Obama, if reelected, or another president (if he’s not).
The importance lies in the fact that the last two Supreme Court nominees, Sonia Sotomayor who has been confirmed already, and Elena Kagan – who is undergoing the confirmation process as this is written – have and will be replacing David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens respectively for a seat on the Supreme Court.
Both Souter and Stevens were considered leftists in political circles, as are Sotomayor and Kagan. In other words, the makeup of the Supreme Court will not be changed in any significant way.
If Kennedy, known to be a conservative swing vote, were to retire while Barack Obama is still president, it would rightfully be considered a coup in progressive circles. After all, the progressive Obama could then choose a fellow leftist to replace a conservative at the nation’s highest court. This would cause the Court to (suddenly) lean towards a progressive line of thought which will, in turn, influence future judgments on key issues.
This makes Kennedy the proverbial fly in Obama’s Radical progressive ointment/agenda to liberalize the Supreme Court with his nominees, and how appropriate that one of the cases that is likely to be brought before that very Supreme Court is the one he spoke about on June 22, 2010, the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, where a fly so handily landed on his face (see image above).
No less than 14 states have already filed lawsuits against Obamacare, to date.
With Obama’s dwindling approval ratings, as per polling done by Rasmussen, Gallup and NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, progressives have reason to be concerned that Obama will not be reelected. Republicans may very well take back the White House during the presidential elections of 2012, leaving the next opportunity for a Supreme Court pick to be conservative in nature.