Liberals Want Supreme Court Justices To Retire As Soon As Possible

( According to a Politico story, some left-wing activists are pressuring liberal Supreme Court justices to resign so that more radical candidates might be proposed.

According to several think pieces, the justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan should resign. They contend that Kagan and Sotomayor’s refusal to retire, like that of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, may enable Republicans to choose more conservative justices if they win the Senate in 2024.

Off the record, some Democrats who were “connected to the Biden administration and high-profile lawyers with past White House experience” supported Soyomayor’s retirement. However, they are concerned about how it will look if they ask the Latina judge, who is 68, to retire.

According to Molly Coleman, the executive director of the progressive advocacy organization People’s Parity Project, “it’s a topic that’s being had.” But the conversations that take place behind closed doors differ significantly from those that take place in public.

However, some more radical left-wing organizations are dubious of the plan. Demand Justice, which hired a billboard truck to circulate the Supreme Court and call for Justice Stephen Breyer to step down in 2021, said they wouldn’t take a similar action for Kagan and Sotomayor.

The group’s leader, Brian Fallon, said he understands the reasoning and thinks it is legitimate to address the question, but they do not plan to run any campaign like they did last year for Breyer.

“No judge is above blame, but in crisis-level situations, this doesn’t seem as acute as Breyer’s, or even as pressing a concern as the Democrats’ persistent failure to get rid of blue slips,” Fallon writes.

Before a likely GOP Senate takeover in 2021, Democrats wanted Stephen Breyer to resign. Democrats then had the opportunity to appoint leftist Justice Kentaji Brown Jackson to take Breyer’s position. Before Republicans could capture the Senate, other Democrats, including former President Obama, pressured liberal judges like Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign. Ginsburg refused to retire, and when she passed away in 2020, Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative justice, was appointed to fill the seat.