Bless ya RBG…
She will be missed….
Her passing will result in a bruising confirmation battle in the US Senate and the media….
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday of “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Supreme Court announced.
“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
The development will give President Trump the opportunity to name her successor, and Senate Republicans have promised to try to fill the vacancy even in the waning days of his first term. The confirmation battle, in the middle of a pandemic and a presidential election, is sure to be titanic.
Mr. Trump has appointed two members of the Supreme Court, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, moving the court slightly to the right. The replacement of Justice Ginsburg, the leader of the court’s four-member liberal wing, could transform the court into a profoundly conservative institution, one in which Republican appointees would outnumber Democratic ones six to three….
The politics ……
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” Schumer said in a tweet.
Schumer’s tweet comes less than an hour after news broke that Ginsburg had died on Friday at 87, throwing a landmine into an already chaotic presidential election year….
McConnell, who is up for reelection, has vowed that he will try to fill an open seat. His office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Ginsburg’s passing.
“If you’re asking me a hypothetical … we would fill it,” McConnell told Fox News in February.
But a handful of Republicans have been non-committal about if they would support filing an election-year vacancy, though they will likely face intense pressure from conservative activists and their own colleagues to do so. With a 53-47 majority, McConnell could lose three GOP senators and still let Vice President Pence break a tie….
…the nomination and confirmation process for the latest addition to the high court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, took 89 days total for confirmation. It took 57 days from Kavanaughs nomination to his confirmation hearing.
There are 45 days until Election Day.
There are SEVERAL Republican US Senators on thin ice in re-election races….They may NOT support a new justice pick for Trump before the election and after if Trump loses….
Trump is sure to push for a new Justice even if he loses the election….
Anybody remember Merrick Garland?