It is interesting how things turn out. With Justice Kennedy retiring, President Trump has a chance to nominate a replacement, assuming he can find one acceptable to all 50 Republican senators1 and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can get the nomination through the Senate this fall. How much better it might have been for the Democrats if, back in 1986, Teddy Kennedy had not “borked” the nomination of Robert Bork to replace Justice Lewis Powell, who was then retiring. Robert Bork died in December of 2012, and if he had been on the Court (and not Justice Kennedy), President Obama would have been able to nominate a replacement. Instead, President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy. And now President Trump has the opportunity to nominate his replacement.
1 With John McCain being ill, the number of Republicans is effectively down to 50.