The New York Daily News just summed up how we're all feeling at the news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (a wild card Republican appointed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1988, whose vote was often unpredictable with regard to party lines) will retire.
Thursday's cover reads simply:
We Are F*#%’D.
And indeed, we are.
The 81-year-old Kennedy announced Wednesday that he would be retiring after 30 years of service on the court, at the end of July, leaving many in the U.S. feeling, well— F*#%’D.
The consequences flowing from Justice Kennedy’s replacement cannot be overstated. They are not confined to only those facing minority groups. They will be pervasive throughout our society for decades. It is time to fight like hell! #WakeUp #WhateverItTakes— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 28, 2018
The fear here is that Kennedy's choice to leave the bench at this particualrly contentious moment in history, not only shifts his own legacy as a "moderate swing vote who could be counted on to support LGBTQ rights (to a point)" it gives President Donald Trump the ability to stack the SCOTUS with a second hardcore conservative Supreme Court justice in just one term.
Thus endangering or potentially negating many of the strides made in recent years with regards to civil rights, the LGBTQ community, gun control, and women's rights issues and hampering progress for decades to come.
My statement on the retirement of Justice Kennedy.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 27, 2018
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new Congress.”
It was a blow felt round the internet:
Some want to take action...however futile that will be...
Call your Senators and demand they hold Mitch McConnell to the same standards as the 2016 election. No SCOTUS picks until after the election. Then, vote blue in November. Generations of future Americans are relying on us to stop this.— Maris Lawson (@immaris) June 28, 2018
The nothing is coming...whereis Falkor when you need him?