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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.
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."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 21, 2020
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:
Breaking: SenGraham to Senate Dems – we will move on nominee. “I am certain if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.” pic.twitter.com/f1M62tdtRa
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) September 21, 2020
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.
The people pick the President; the President nominates the Justice. That is how it works.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 21, 2020
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.
With respect, I have two friends whose fathers passed during Wuhan coronavirus. Tragically they are still unable to pay their final respects w/ friends/family. Public should be able to pay respects to Justice Ginsburg & Americans who have lost should be able to do the same. https://t.co/vxTOm101Yt
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 21, 2020
We aren’t stupid. And treating us like we are is a sure-fire way to lose yet another Presidential election.
They are there gathered to grieve for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May she rest in peace. https://t.co/2BjSlK8kqM
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 21, 2020