Just as reports first started to develop indicating that Democrats were poised to hold control of the House, the Senate, and the White House by Jan. 20 in the wake of a series of hotly contested elections, it seems Dems have now set their sights on another target.
In a shocking development, one liberal group is calling for left-leaning Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court following President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration so that the Democrat can swiftly name a (younger) replacement, Fox News reports.
Breyer, 82, was appointed to the high court in the mid-1990s by then-President Bill Clinton.
“History will remember him”
More than two decades later, Brian Fallon, the executive director of leftist group Demand Justice, wants Breyer to call his SCOTUS career quits.
“Justice Breyer’s service on the court has been remarkable, and history will remember him even more fondly if he ends up playing a critical role in ensuring the appointment of the first Black woman to the court,” he said in an interview, according to Fox.
“Timing his retirement in the coming year would guarantee that opportunity, and it would be wise to do so because the window may prove a narrow one,” Fallon added.
Fallon’s comments came before Congress convened Wednesday to certify the Electoral College votes, a process that was interrupted by violent rioters who stormed the Capitol in the hours following a pro-Trump rally in Washington.
After the grounds of the Capitol were cleared, Congress met again to debate on the electoral results and ultimately cemented Biden’s win before sunrise Thursday morning, CBS News reported.
“It’s hard to know”
The Demand Justice leader’s remarks also came as media outlets first started reporting that Democrats had won both of Georgia’s contentious Senate runoff elections, giving Dems the power to confirm a potential Biden SCOTUS nominee in the upper chamber.
The idea of having Supreme Court justices step down while their political party is in control has indeed become a popular one in recent years. To many, it is seen as a way to protect the party’s political interests in the future.
The problem with this strategy, though, is that the justices never seem to go along with it — and it is unlikely that Breyer will, either. In December, Breyer said “eventually I’ll retire, sure I will,” but noted, “it’s hard to know exactly when,” according to Fox.
At the moment, there are five decidedly conservative and three liberal justices on the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts is a swing vote, though lately, he’s swung hard to the left, much to the dismay of the president and his allies.