Stephen Breyer gave an important hint about his future on the Supreme Court

The most senior member of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer, may be more willing than anticipated to consider a retirement before President Joe Biden leaves office. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains just how closely Democrats have been watching Breyer’s words for any hint of his plans, in hopes that his successor will be a liberal appointed by Biden.


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    1. @phanCAbe has his chance? How was he to get to the airport where the enemy was put in charge of security? This isn’t over and Biden will be impeached.

    2. @Skankhunt36 getting Americans killed, giving the enemy a kill list, giving the enemy billions in equipment, putting the enemy in charge of security, there’s plenty there to impeach on, not to mention the broken border and humanitarian crisis, recoeding cash from China and Russia as well as his crack head son and using the office to sell his shitty art work. and no there doesn’t have to be a law broken, just like there’s no such law against Russian collusion yet.. all there has to be is support, and after this there’s plenty.. once Republicans take the house and senate, he’s as good as gone. Bring on midterms. ,

  1. A Democrat president could have 4 years left in term, and traitor Moscow Mitch would still not hold a Senate vote.

    1. @Kishan Rao – Biden’s poll numbers are tanking. All Americans see that Biden is destroying America, even our allies.

    2. Mitch is a traitor? Is Mitch owned by Russia?
      You do know Hunter’s 3rd laptop was taken by Russian drug dealers after they partied in Vegas. In the video he is telling a prostitute. We can analyze it if you want.
      Having a son so jacked up is worse than anything Mitch had done.

    3. @kelperdude Odd, not seeing any destruction outside of some covid hotspots (in republican areas, how odd)

      Is this the same “total destruction” the right cried about in Portland for a year when it was like…. 2 blocks of some damaged buildings? Yall acted like that entire area was a nuke crater, so i can see how you confuse reality with “Americas destroyed now !!!!!!11!”

    4. @Christian Alvarado in all fairness, everythkng passes along party lines because the GOP won’t even come to the table

  2. agenda driven media… but please list all the media created stories of the last month, that’s helpful

  3. “Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time… I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court… If anything would make the court look partisan it would be that — one side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.’”

    -Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    1. Didn’t the radical right just pack the supreme court through nefarious, underhanded political shenanigans? Actually all the courts for that matter, pretty sure that’s all republicans did the last four years was only appoint political hack judges.

    2. @Ryan Boehm still at 9 yes, 2 of which should not have been filled the way they were. One stolen from Obama, one rushed thru A WEEK before the election.

      That’s court packing, pure and simply. And all the ammunition the dems need to raise the cap should they ever actually get the support.

      Well honestly they dont even need that ammo, the minority of the right should not get to dictate law for another generation when they are demographically doomed.

  4. That Ginsberg should have retired a full year before she died. She was ill even then and still stayed on.

    1. Why? If she’d retired a year earlier, Trump would have still named her replacement. By staying to the bitter end, she was able to sway a few decisions.

  5. “And the lie has, in fact, led us so far away from a normal society that you cannot even orient yourself any longer; in it’s dense, gray fog not even one pillar can be seen.”
    (Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago)

  6. Stuff the self imposed deadline remark. tRump set a May 1st deadline and Biden pushed it out to give more time to evaluate. He could have pushed it out till the end of the year and still there would be those waiting till the last days to leave.

    1. Nigel Farage: “When Boris Johnson made a desperate phone call to Biden he didn’t get a response for 40 hours… The result of this is any new military engagements that they want us to engage in we simply will not do with this man in charge… I can’t even see a future for NATO… I would not trust America under this administration.”

  7. I thought Justice was supposed to be blind not partisan. Amazing how the Republican minority in America always has more sway. Dems are weak and Reps cheat. Time for new parties to form and Dems and Reps to go because they are pointless counterproductive polical parties.

    1. I believe the answers are: America and Yes.
      “Greatest democracy”… so they say. 🤨
      A shocked view from afar

  8. The USA needs term limits for Senators, term limits for Representatives and mandatory retirement for the Supreme Court. The genius of democracy is regularly stirring the pot.

    1. There are a lot more important things to fix in America’s flawed democracy than term limits.

      Election finance laws and making gerrymandering unlawful are two examples.

    2. @Keith Mc Agreed but short term politicians choosing for-life [political] judiciary… is up there with the best.
      And then there’s “family members” as jurors at an Impeachment Trial 😱
      A president able to pardon murderers and Co-conspirators

      A huuuge bigly list.

  9. Msm: Trump will start a war
    biden: hold my ice cream
    American voters: yayyy we get bloodshed again… And the president took kids out woohooo

  10. The job of the Senate is to review opening in the courts. Failure to do so should be treated as treason to the constitution

  11. He should resign immediately.
    RBG refused to leave the court and now we have a religious fanatic on the court that will be there for decades.

  12. There should be no Lifetime Jobs, period. RBG, stayed way too long even after much illnesses & look what happened. What do these people have against retirement?

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