The huge news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring just so happened to drop during a Democratic National Committee meeting on Wednesday — and an audio recording captured the reaction in the room.
“Justice Anthony Kennedy has just announced that he’s retiring,” someone is heard telling DNC members.
“Oh!” someone in the meeting wails.
“Oh, my God,” another attendee says.
Listen to the audio below:
Another voice then added, “Not that he’s done us good on these recent decisions, but he was the one occasionally persuadable.”
Yet another person responded bluntly, “This is not good news.”
It is good news for conservatives, however.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will begin the search for a new conservative Supreme Court justice "immediately." The president said Kennedy's replacement would come from his 2017 "Supreme Court List," a list of 25 potential nominees.
Writing for the Washington Post, Harvard Law's Jack Goldsmith argues Kennedy's retirement is "the most consequential event in American jurisprudence at least since Bush v. Gore in 2000 and probably since Roe v. Wade in 1973." He claims the retirement will impact future decisions on key issues like abortion.
"Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court after more than 30 years of service is the most consequential event in American jurisprudence at least since Bush v. Gore in 2000 and probably since Roe v. Wade in 1973. For three decades, he has been a guiding force on the court’s most consequential decisions, conservative and liberal."
He adds, "His departure leaves the future of U.S. constitutional law entirely up for grabs."
Now you can see why liberals are so devastated by the news.