Justice Stephen Breyer is 82 and Democrats are a single Senate seat away from ceding control back to Republicans. It's a familiar and uncomfortable bind for a party that barely nudged former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire the last time they controlled both the Senate and the White House — then watched the Supreme Court veer to the right.
But even as some liberal groups boot up a "Breyer Retire" campaign, the Democratic Party is sensitive to the justice's predicament. That's why neither Democratic lawmakers nor President Joe Biden is putting overt retirement pressure on the Bill Clinton appointee while their party still holds the Senate. But Breyer's future is on everyone's minds, maybe even the justice's own.