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It just takes a cursory look at the ages of current Supreme Court justice to notice that Democrats have a distinct disadvantage, for now. That’s because its two oldest justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 86 and Stephen Breyer at 80, are both long past the time when normal working folks typically trade in their work boots for fedoras and beach sandals.
But SCOTUS is no ordinary job, and these are not ordinary times. Both Ginsburg and Breyer know the politics behind any potential retirement plans, and both are doubtless planning to cling to their jobs like a pair of good dentures until it’s no longer humanly possible, or a Democrat is elected president, whichever comes first.
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After Ginsburg and Breyer the age count drops a decade, and next up is conservative Clarence Thomas at 70, and after him another Republican appointee, 69-year-old Samuel Alito. With Roberts (Republican) and Sontomayor (Democrat) both virtual spring chickens at 64, barring something unforeseen, any thoughts of the court’s immediate future likey rests on its four oldest justices.
Should President Donald Trump get another SCOTUS pick, the conventional wisdom says it’ll likely be to replace Ginsburg, whose health problems of late have had Democrats pledging to donate any organ necessary to keep her alive and ticking. However, after a brief health scare, the Nortorious RBG is back on the bench, seemingly as strong as ever. While I certainly wish Justice Ginsburg a long and happy life, I also wish she would just retire already. But she’s a tough old bird, that one, with a workout routine that would have most of us eating her dust. Most of all, she’s an idealogue with a mission to NOT allow conservatives to gain a 6th justice, and thus an overwhelming majority even should the squirrely-of-late Roberts decide to pull a...
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