Bad news for Obama: Conservative Justice Kennedy tells pals he’s in no rush to leave Supreme Court
WASHINGTON – President Obama may get liberal Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court, but conservative swing-voter Anthony Kennedy says he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Justice Kennedy, who turns 74 this month, has told relatives and friends he plans to stay on the high court for at least three more years – through the end of Obama’s first term, sources said.
That means Kennedy will be around to provide a fifth vote for the court’s conservative bloc through the 2012 presidential election. If Obama loses, Kennedy could retire and expect a Republican President to choose a conservative justice.
Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, has been on the court 22 years. He has become a bit of a political nemesis at the White House for his increasing tendency to side with the court’s four rock-ribbed conservative justices.
Without naming Kennedy, Obama was unusually critical of his majority opinion in the Citizens United case, handed down last January. That 5-4 decision struck down limits on contributions to political campaigns as an abridgement of free speech.
Every court case is based on the law. Unfortunately, Obama considers himself and his philosophy ABOVE the law. Justice Kennedy might be the best hope of our country to remain the country that we all know and love. I applaud his determination to support the traditional interpretation of the Constitution rather than let Lieberals alter the very foundation of our country’s law.
Now, THAT’s the spirit, Justice Kennedy, of the law.