By Jon Dougherty
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 86 years old, is currently the oldest member on the high court, and has been beset with health problems for years.
She is also one of the court’s most liberal members and as such, the increasingly unhinged American Left is in a near-daily panic of losing her.
And while no one wishes her ill, the time is likely fast approaching when Justice Ginsburg simply won’t be able to continue fulfilling her duties; age catches up to all of us.
With that in mind, and with the fate of the country literally in his hands, POTUS Donald Trump is said to have already chosen her replacement: Federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, according to Axios.
The president appointed Barrett, 46, to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Nov. 2017. Before then, she was a professor at Notre Dame Law School.
Axios claims that as the president was considering who to nominate in 2018 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, he allegedly told confidants regarding Barrett, “I’m saving her for Ginsburg.”
“Trump used that exact line with a number of people, including in a private conversation with an adviser two days before announcing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination,” Axios claims.
The battle to confirm Barrett will be even more bruising and raucous than the battle to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which, you may recall, was replete with wild accusations of sexual assault and harassment decades ago, all of which were either recanted or uncorroborated.
That’s because Barrett is solidly pro-life, and the Left believes in abortion on demand like a religion. But there are also going to be problems with a few RINOs, namely Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), both of whom are ‘pro-choice.’
In fact, recall that Murkowski voted against Kavanaugh for that very reason: To preserve abortion. He still cleared the hurdle, however, by a 50-48 vote after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) invoked the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm all of POTUS Trump’s federal court picks, including SCOTUS justices.
There is some positive news, however.
The Republican majority grew to 53 – 47 in November, giving POTUS the ability to lose up to three GOP senators and still get a nominee confirmed, assuming no Democratic support (and there won’t be any).
The Senate approved Barrett — who clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia early in her legal career — to the 7th Circuit by a vote of 55 to 43.
As for Justice Ginsburg, she invoked her colleague Justice John Paul Stevens, who served until he was 90, when asked recently how long she thought she might remain on the bench.
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