Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Can’t Gaslight Your Way to Keeping RBG’s Seat

 

With the tragic death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Friday, most progressive activists I know are fired up. They think this is the ticket to winning them the election; if conservatives swallowed their misgivings about President Trump enough to catapult him to the White House because they wanted him to nominate a Justice to fill Scalia’s opening, then Democrats will do the same in order to fill Ginsberg’s. They will fight tooth and nail to keep the spot open until after the election, and then will handpick RBG’s replacement.

Their logic isn’t totally unsound, but precedent and COVID are going to throw a wrench in their plans.

In order to justify keeping RBG’s seat open, Democrats are pretending as though the seat belongs to them, as opposed to the people.

Democrats are going to spend the next few weeks pretending that they wouldn’t do the exact same thing if the shoe were on the other foot. And nobody is going to buy it. This statement from Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the money:

Like millions of Americans, we were radicalized by the confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh, and we’re not going to pretend that there are any norms left to break. Republicans control the White House and they control the Senate, and they will be choosing the next Justice.

And while they’re gaslighting us about these supposed “norms” we’re watching yet another lie unravel. In order to convince us that RBG’s seat needs to be held empty in a state of mourning, she has to be canonized as a Saint. As such there have been memorials around the country and a large, elaborate mourning ritual prepared. In the age of COVID, that’s a problem for the millions of Americans who weren’t afforded the same right to say goodbye to their loved ones.

We aren’t stupid. And treating us like we are is a sure-fire way to lose yet another Presidential election.

 

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Exactly who will be fired up to vote against Trump who wasn’t fired up before?

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    • September 21, 2020, at 6:33 PM PDT
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  2. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    I am not sure there is any limit to the gaslighting. They had a reporter standing in front of a burning building telling us it was a peaceful protest. 

    • #2
    • September 21, 2020, at 6:51 PM PDT
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  3. genferei Member
    genfereiJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “tragic death”, “Ginsberg”, “Ginsberg”. A bit more effort, please. 

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    • September 21, 2020, at 9:26 PM PDT
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  4. Stina Member

    genferei (View Comment):

    “tragic death”, “Ginsberg”, “Ginsberg”. A bit more effort, please.

    Tragic + 87 years old + Pancreatic Cancer.

    Tragic doesn’t belong in the list of ways to describe her death. What is tragic is that the Democrats lost a powerful* position in the Supreme Court that was wholly preventable if not for the pride and hubris of their goddess.

    *Would that the Supreme Court were not as powerful as it has been turned into.

    • #4
    • September 22, 2020, at 6:08 AM PDT
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    Bethany Mandel:

    Supreme Court’s Public Information Officer says Ginsburg family member gave the statement to NPR, dictated to granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
    https://t.co/SeqnNqS4tV https://t.co/DJBag4Yx1j

    — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 21, 2020

    Call me cynical, but I find it hard to believe this would be the last thing she’d say to someone she loves . . .

    • #5
    • September 22, 2020, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  6. Retail Lawyer Member

    “Like millions of Americans, we were radicalized by the confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh, and we’re not going to pretend that there are any norms left to break. Republicans control the White House and they control the Senate, and they will be choosing the next Justice.”

    Mazie Hirono telling men to “sit down”.

    Handmaiden bonnets.

    Flake in the elevator.

    Even Republicans saying Blase-Ford “appeared credible.” (She appeared as a crazy cat lady to me)

    Kamala’s directive to “think carefully before you answer”.

    Believe all women.

    The Kavanaugh confirmation traumatized me. I could go on and on. The Democrats are truly frightening. Even when they are not destroying cities and urging people to “blow it all up.”

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    • September 22, 2020, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  7. Full Size Tabby Member

    Bethany Mandel: Like millions of Americans, we were radicalized by the confirmation hearings for Justice Kavanaugh, and we’re not going to pretend that there are any norms left to break.

    Some of us geezers go back to the Democrats’ norm-breaking abuse of Judge Bork, the Democrats’ norm-breaking “high tech lynching” of Justice Thomas, the Democrats’ norm-breaking abuse-by-delay of various Circuit Court judges over the years, particularly during the presidency of George W. Bush (note the 28 month delay of Miguel Estrada). The Kavanaugh experience was perhaps the most extreme thus far. The Democrats have a long history of breaking norms with respect to judicial nominees, and thus have no basis on which to now complain about norm-breaking. 

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    • September 22, 2020, at 10:59 AM PDT
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