Amanda Marcotte on why progressives freaking out about the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy are forgetting all the horrible decisions he made in his 30 years on the court:

Liberals are so late to the game that we are now panicking about the barn door opening years after the horse departed. No doubt whomever Trump appoints to fill Kennedy’s seat will be worse than Kennedy. But honestly, he or she won’t be that much worse, because Anthony Kennedy was a major architect of the legal hell America is in right now.

Read Marcotte’s full piece, which has plenty of examples of how Kennedy was not a friend to the American left, from Bush v. Gore to Citizens United to all sorts of rulings that limit voters’ rights to his final vote against unions. And don’t call him a moderate, either, just because he voted in favor of gay rights.