There is a deafening roar on the Left demanding that Bill Clinton-appointed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer resign immediately. He’s only 82, which is not that old amid the many other octogenarian federal judges. From all accounts, Breyer is fully fit to remain in his current post. The U.S. Senate won’t change over the next year, and more Republican than Democrat senators are retiring, so it would be natural for Breyer to wait before stepping down. Yet there is panic on the Left for him to quit right now.
The reason for this alarmism is clear. The court docket for this past term was filled with hot-button issues, including the LGBTQ agenda, Obamacare, and campaign finance. The term starting this October features an abortion case that challenges Roe v. Wade and a 2nd Amendment case about gun control. Democrats have known for a long time that their radical agenda is far outside the mainstream thought of the American people. Consequently, they have staked all their prospects on the ability to legislate from the bench of the Supreme Court. President Trump soundly trounced them at their own game by appointing three justices to the Court, and now they are panicking.
Activist groups have been very open with their demands, even going so far as to put up billboards around Washington, D.C. Even Democrat Congressmen are demanding that Breyer resign. New York Rep. Mondaire Jones tweeted, “When I became the first person in Congress to call for Justice Breyer to retire now, while President Biden can still appoint a successor, some people asked whether it was necessary. Yes. Yes, it is.” Even the far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that she too feels inclined to want Breyer to resign.
The morbid fascination with the death of Supreme Court judges is a unique eccentricity of American politics. As Democrats desperately plead with their own left-leaning judge to resign before their final parting, conservatives should be able to recognize what is going on in the background. Leftists are scared, and they should be. Their legacy of judicial supremacy is coming back to haunt them.