The Daily News reports that Justice Anthony Kennedy, the most-powerful Lawgiver-In-Black as the Supreme Court’s swing vote, told friends and family he’s sticking around for at least another 3 years. Ever-so-conveniently, that places his potential retirement past the end of President Obama’s first term.
Ed notes there may well be a bit of vengenace on the part of Kennedy against Obama:
Obama certainly reveled in his prime-time, televised, cheap-shot attack at jurists who couldn’t fire back. Samuel Alito took fire from the media for having just mouthed a rebuttal. The only revenge any of them can take is to make sure that they stay in place until Obama leaves office. The “at least” part of the report almost certainly means that retirement at 80 may be just as possible as retirement at 76. After all, John Paul Stevens didn’t decide to retire until he was almost 90 years old.
When you lose the moderates,….