Monday, July 2, 2018

Presidents come and go, Justices serve for decades

President Trump's impact on this country may last much longer than his presidency.  With the ability to nominate another judge to the Supreme Court, Trump's rudderless presidency will leave its mark on America for decades to come.
The members of the conservative bloc on the Supreme Court are spring chickens, as Supreme Court justices go, reported the Los Angeles Times. Clarence Thomas is 70, Chief Justice John Roberts 63, Samuel Alito 68 and Neil Gorsuch, the first Trump appointee, only 50. It’s a safe bet that the replacement for Anthony Kennedy, who just announced his retirement at the age of 81, will be in his or her 50s or possibly younger.
Although Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, two of the four reliably liberal justices, are 64 and 58, the two other liberals, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, are 85 and 79. If Trump remains president past 2020, his opportunity to chisel a conservative supermajority into the court may be considerable and frightening.
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