If you were to name a handful of the most powerful and influential people in the nation there’s no doubt Justice Clarence Thomas would make your list.
The Supreme Court Justice has spend decades on the bench helping craft countless decisions that help protect the constitutional rights of Americans.
When we lost Justice Anton Scalia several months ago the prospect of having to replace him with a liberal justice was almost too much to handle.
Now disturbing rumors have begun to surface which indicate a new opening on the bench could present itself…and this would have everything to do with an exit by Justice Clarence Thomas.
Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers.
Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and approved by the Senate after a bitter confirmation, has been considering retirement for a while and never planned to stay until he died, they said. He likes to spend summers in his RV with his wife.
Ginni Thomas, the justice’s wife, dismissed the retirement talk as “bogus” in a Facebook post.
“For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives” she wrote. “IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is,” she added.
That would be good news for conservatives because his retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a one-vote edge in the court that is currently divided 4-4.
Should Thomas leave, that slight majority would continue if Donald Trump becomes president. If it’s Hillary Clinton, then she would get the chance to flip two Republican seats, giving the liberals a 6-3 majority.
And, conservatives fear, that could switch to a 7-2 majority if Republican Justice Anthony Kennedy, already a swing vote, retires. He will be 80 next year.
We recently reported that if Clinton wins the presidency, her majority liberal court could stay in power at least until 2050.
In dismissing the retirement talk, Ginni Thomas had some fun poking our report. Her full post:
For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.
IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.
A funny close friend wrote me: “Next we’ll hear that you and he have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska college sports games won’t be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband — perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas.”
Insiders speculate there’s no way Thomas will leave if Hillary is elected. Since Scalia’s absence would be filled with a marxist liberal should Hillary be elected it’s believed Thomas wouldn’t dare jeopardize the conservative attributes of the bench.
On that same note if Trump were elected then it is possible Thomas would make an exit…because a Trump election would mean a two conservative nominations.
Are you concerned Thomas might leave?
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