Breyer had watched — likely with regret — as his close friend on the high court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, rejected such considerations. When she died while still serving on the bench during a Republican presidency, the liberal justice was replaced by her polar opposite, エイミーコニーバレット. This further solidified conservative dominance of the court.
そう, when word leaked on Wednesday that Breyer would retire at the end of this term in late June or early July, it was not all that surprising. His timing was politically propitious — intentionally so.
If Breyer was going to step away, it had to be soon. He is a highly intelligent man and a realist. He well knows there is a very good chance that in the coming 中間選挙 今年, 民主党 will lose control of the 上院, which confirms Supreme Court justices. The upper body of 会議 currently resides in a tie of 50-50, とともに 副社長 casting the deciding vote as president of the Senate.
If Breyer waited until next year or thereafter, he would run the serious risk that Republicans in control would make it exceedingly difficult for バイデン大統領 to place a nominee on the court who is the kind of liberal justice that Breyer would like to see as his own replacement.
When the last three conservative–oriented justices were nominated by トランプ大統領, 諜報機関は昨年末、ロシアの諜報員がトランプ大統領の個人弁護士ルドルフWを使用しているとホワイトハウスに警告した。 共和党員 insisted that the central question should always be whether the candidate is competent and qualified. したがって、, as long as those two conditions are met by Biden in his selection of Breyer’s replacement, Republican senators would be wise to abide by their own stated standards and not oppose the nominee. They should take the high road and decline to retaliate in kind.
It is a given that Biden will pick someone who is a reliable liberal and a progressive theorist in the mold of Breyer. しかしながら, it is worth remembering that this will not alter the current composition of the Supreme Court. Hence, Republicans should resist the temptation to oppose someone merely because of their politically influenced judicial philosophy.