If you thought the behavior of Democrats and Leftists during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was outrageous, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Politico reports that the White House is preparing for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s departure in what would become one of the most contentious — and dare we say potentially violent — confirmation processes in the history of our country.
The news site noted:
The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups 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.
The administration “is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process,” a source familiar with those conversations told Politico.
“They’re doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren’t caught flat-footed.”
In recent days, Ginsburg had a pulmonary lobectomy, SCOTUS said in a statement, adding that her doctors noted that post-surgery there was “no evidence of any remaining disease.”
But after missing three days’ worth of oral arguments, speculation is running rampant that Ginsburg could be entering her final days on the court.
Were she to announce that she’s stepping down, the Democratic Left is liable to go ballistic — and it won’t matter who POTUS Trump nominates.
That said, POTUS should nominate a solid constitutional conservative who is experienced but youthful so that he/she can work to prevent the Judicial Branch from running roughshod over our founding document for decades to come.
If the Politico report is accurate, then, the White House is already well into its search.
The site reported further:
The nine-member court is currently divided 5-4 between its conservative and liberal wings. Ginsburg’s departure would allow Trump to create the Court’s strongest conservative majority in decades, a scenario sure to bring intense opposition from Democrats and liberal activists still furious over the October confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“It would be a brutal confirmation,” John Malcolm, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies told the news site.
“The first two were not easy at all, but this would be much harder in this respect: When Neil Gorsuch was the nominee, you were replacing a conservative with a conservative. With Kavanaugh, you were replacing the perennial swing voter, who more times than not sided with the so-called conservative wing so that slightly solidified the conservative wing.”
“But if you are replacing Justice Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, that would be akin to replacing Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas,” Malcolm added. “It would mark a large shift in the direction of the court.”
We can only hope, though this time around POTUS has a distinct advantage: A larger GOP majority in the Senate, where confirmations take place. There are 53 Republicans to 45 Democrats and two other senators who “caucus” with Dems.
Let the games begin. — Jon Dougherty
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