OK, it's going to take me a while to wrap my head around this. Kennedy's a conservative justice and gets replaced with a conservative justice...
First thing I did was take stock:
Scalia died (2016, Trump) so we have Gorsuch
Souter retired (2009, Bush II) so we have Sotomayor
Stevens retired (2010, Bush II) so we have Kagan
I can't see why the left is melting down, other than it's a lost chance to somehow swing the court to the left
It's not like saint ginsberg fell off her broomstick.,, or Breyer packed it in.