The passing of Antonin Scalia was just the beginning of our worries when it comes to liberals gaining an advantage in the Supreme Court. Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, who has had a reputation as a moderate – but on issues like gun control he shares Obama’s far-left stance.Even if Garland fails to gain approval to the court, with the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency, there’s a high likelihood we’re going to be stuck with an even further left-leaning court.
That problem just compounded. The Washington Examiner reports:Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers.
Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and approved by the Senate after a bitter confirmation, has been considering retirement for a while and never planned to stay until he died, they said.
His retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a one-vote edge in the court that is currently divided 4-4.Should Thomas leave, that slight majority would continue if Donald Trump becomes president. If it’s Hillary Clinton, then she would get the chance to flip two Republican seats, giving the liberals a 6-3 majority.
Regardless of what you think about Donald Trump, if he loses the election, we’re stuck with a heavy liberal majority on the Supreme Court until they kick the bucket.The Examiner projects the majority would last until at least 2050.
If that happens, don’t be surprised when the day comes that the Supreme Court rules the Constitution unconstitutional.[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]