NBC12 Viewpoint: Justice Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote is gone

NBC12 Viewpoint: Justice Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote is gone

By: Kym Grinnage - email

Last week out of respect for the tragic events at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, I decided not to air my commentary on the Supreme Court.  Here are my comments:

At the age of 81, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court.

So what does this mean to the citizens of this country and the court going forward? Justice Kennedy was a conservative, but he was the swing vote on important votes concerning abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, the death penalty and some women's rights issues.

Although Justice Kennedy was a staunch conservative he was also a libertarian and he often voted on liberal issues supported by four of the justices. Well that swing vote will be gone and most likely a new young conservative justice will probably be in place by the first week in October.

The next appointment of a Supreme Court Justice will not be a short term decision, but it will be one that will shape the court for a generation.

President Trump has made it clear that he will bring forth a conservative jurist, whom Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will confirm this fall.

So the question is, should this Senate vote wait until after the all-important November mid-term elections and the people have spoken with their vote about who they want representing them in the Senate and the House?

If Mitch McConnell, is consistent with what he said prior to the last Presidential election, then the Senate would wait.

The truth is that even if the situation was reversed and the Democrats were in control, this vote would happen prior to the election.

Once again, politics rule.