Rumors of Supreme Court vacancy spark liberal panic

Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, wrote an opinion piece this week urging, “Justice Kennedy, don’t abandon your legacy.”

“In the Trump era — with a Senate confirmation process now subject to a simple majority vote, thanks to McConnell and Senate Republicans — it is impossible to imagine any stronger or more able steward of Justice Kennedy’s legacy than Kennedy himself,” Wydra wrote. “Despite all the pressure and pointed rumors of his retirement, he surely realizes this.

“In the years ahead, Kennedy’s influence over the nation’s future will be more compelling than ever. In short, the Supreme Court is once again the Kennedy Court.”

Wydra also wrote that Kennedy “might be more immune to retirement pressure than Trump and his supporters have bargained for,” given Kennedy’s unique position on the high court. With four conservatives and four liberals on the court, Kennedy often casts the deciding vote.