BREAKING: White House Sends Out Word to Prepare for Potential RBG Retirement

Will Donald Trump get another Supreme Court nominee?

A scant three months after a bruising confirmation battle to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, Politico is now reporting that the White House has quietly put allies on alert that another vacancy may soon occur:

The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activistgroups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure.

The outreach began after Ginsburg, 85, on Monday missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs.

There is no confirmation that a Ginsburg retirement is imminent, or that she is currently in critical health—but as the story notes, for Ginsburg to have missed the last several days of arguments at the Supreme Court is in itself a conspicuous development.

Ginsburg, a member of the Court’s liberal bloc, has been a reliable vote for progressive policies for her entire tenure. If President Trump has the opportunity to replace her with one of the judges from his list of perspective candidates, which he compiled with the help of the Federalist Society, it would hold the potential of swinging the court in a much more originalist direction—giving the conservative bloc a solid 6-3 majority.

Expect a big fight from Democrats if this happens.

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myeweessay
myeweessay

She is embraced and revered by the ACLU and any other communist, anti-American group like the Obamas and the Clintons. She will have to die in office because she has not been effective or useful for many years and that is the measurement of a good democrat or liberal. The SCOTUS has not been an effective force for justice for many years but the lower courts have and are disrupting society for anything and everything. This is where we need to focus our attention. God bless the USA.

etbass
etbass

I think Amy Barrett should be at #1 on the list. I would prefer Cruz or Lee, personally, because they have withstood the heat that a SCOTUS confirmation and a seat offers and have held firm. For optical reasons, I think that Barrett would result in a more effective confirmation. It will be harder to call her a sexists and attack her with false accusations of sexual assault as a teenager than it would be to do so to a man. Also, she is replacing a woman, so that might help with the Collins and Murkowski. We don't have to have them, but we could have another one peeled off if we aren't careful. Manchin isn't worried about re-election for another 6 years, so he is free to do the bidding of his liberal masters again.

The attack on Barrett will come over her religion. That is a fight that we need to have and one that we should win. If we can't, it is all over anyway and just a matter of when, not if.

What we don't want are any of the other previous finalists or some other spineless D.C. squish, like John Roberts or Brett Kavanaugh. (I will classify Kavanaugh as a squish until he proves to me otherwise. So far, he is living up to that characterization.)

napleslover
napleslover

Trump will love every minute of this battle since he knows it will put him at the top of the news cycle every day. Nothing please him more.

Conservative Shrink
Conservative Shrink

What's ironic is a more conservative court may actually push Dems to give up on legislating from the bench back to the Constitutional requirement that legislation be done in congress.

ForAllAmericans
ForAllAmericans

It's not like there is anything the left can do about it. If she feels like it's her time to retire, or heaven forbid the surgery was unsuccessful and it's time for her to plan her death, as a political matter it just means one more conservative justice.

As someone on the left it would mean for the next generation our activism would have to work extra hard to win elections and not count on the court to sway our way.