Breyer was a regular vote for the court’s leftist block, despite media attempts to deceive the public into thinking that he was a moderate.
Nonetheless, leftists called for his retirement in order to prevent the aging justice’s replacement from being confirmed by a conservative Congress in the event that Democrats lose the Senate in November.
In April, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court’s first black woman, was confirmed as Breyer’s replacement and is expected to tilt the court even farther to the left.
Jackson, of course, could not define a woman in her senatorial hearing.
She had more than definitional problems in the Senate, as she was shown to have been lenient on child pornography cases.
Nonetheless, she was approved to replace Breyer on the court.
Breyer’s move to Harvard is a return home for him in some ways. He went to Harvard, attending law school there before his legal career and eventual nomination to SCOTUS by Bill Clinton.
According to Fox News, Breyer does not have any active classes listed currently. However, Harvard says that he will “teach seminars and reading groups, continue to write books and produce scholarship, and participate in the intellectual life of the school and in the broader Harvard community.”
Breyer seems to understand his future duties similarly, reporting, “Among other things, I will likely try to explain why I believe it important that the next generations of those associated with the law engage in work, and take approaches to law, that help the great American constitutional experiment work effectively for the American people.”
Breyer said, “I am very pleased to return to Harvard to teach there and to write.”
While Harvard needs no help moving to the left, conservatives have reason to be pleased with Breyer’s move to academia.
According to Fox News, retired SCOTUS justices can sit on lower courts and decide cases in a procedure known as “sitting by designation.”