By Hugh Hewitt
When the new president is sworn in on January 20, 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts, who administers the oath, will be 61.
His colleagues, on that day, will be mostly older. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 83. Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia will be 80. Justice Stephen Breyer will be 78.The "in their prime" justices will be Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito, 68 and 66, respectively.
The "kids" are Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who will be 62 and 56 when the new president greets them at his or her first State of the Union.Long may the nine all live, happy and full of energy, not frail but full of vigor. But an inescapable reality is that significant change is coming soon to a closely divided Supreme Court.
This week, Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota told me on my radio show that the GOP Senate majority will not be restoring the judicial filibuster rule shattered by Harry Reid and his wrecking ball tenure as Senate Majority Leader.....Actuarial tables being what they are, the next president is going to be more significant for his or her court appointees than either Presidents Bush or Obama. ....
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