Assuming Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed for the Supreme Court, which, based the Left’s voluble wailing appears to be a lock, Donald Trump will have appointed two justices before he’s even halfway through his first term. And with two liberal justices in their 80s (Justice Ginsburg is 85, Justice Breyer turns 80 on August 15), the possibility looms that President Trump could appoint a third of the court’s members even if he serves just a single term.
Given the trend of appointing younger and younger justices, it’s likely that Trump’s judicial legacy will be felt for another 20 or 30 years. Not surprisingly, this has sparked a backlash from the Left: a call for term limits on the Supreme Court.
Though Americans have supported the idea for years, it’s never been a cause championed by the Left. Until now.
“Why It’s Time to Get Serious About Supreme Court Term Limits” is the headline at the Washington Post.
And over on the op-ed pages, Yale University liberals Ian Ayres and John Fabian Witt write that Democrats “ought to consider ending the lifetime terms of Supreme Court justices.”
“A statute might designate all future Supreme Court seats as 18-year terms, with justices sitting on the court by designation, followed by life tenure on the lower federal bench. The vagaries of justices’ deaths and retirements should not throw American democracy into tumult,” they write.
In a recent Chicago Tribune op-ed, liberal attorney and Watergate scholar James Robenalt joined in, bemoaning that “Trump has a solicitous Senate majority and can ram through his nominees…There is effectively no check on what he can do.” Therefore Robenalt suggests a wholesale review of service on the highest court.