The Confirmation Battle to Replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court Will be the Most Important i
Within moments of Justice Kennedy's retirement announcement, the White House signaled that it would attempt to get a replacement confirmed before the mid-term elections this Fall. In order to hasten the process, the candidate will likely be selected from the list of conservative judges assembled by the right-wing Federalist Society prior to the Gorsuch nomination.
The chance that Trump will nominate a judicial moderate like Obama did in his last year, is almost zero. He will select an ideologue who he believes will swing the Court hard to the right to end affirmative action and undermine LGBT and abortion rights.
It will be the first time since Justice Clarence Thomas replaced Thurgood Marshall in 1991 that a President will have the opportunity to radically change the Court's philosophy. Justices added to the court since then have replaced justices with similar ideologies.”
The Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but Democrats will exhaust all possible strategies to push back the vote until after the mid-term elections. This will be an epic battle.