I am almost physically ill right now from the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing — although, in truth, I was astounded that the good lady held on for as long as she did. I would take the time to sing her praises, if my knee jerk reaction wasn’t terror at what Mitch McConnell is going to do. And in a surfeit of insult being added to injury, I am sure you recall that last week Donald Trump announced he was adding the names of Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton to the list of potential supreme court justice nominees?
This is from the Washington Post, May 29, 2019:
The politics behind McConnell’s 180 is pretty obvious. It benefited his party to keep the seat open in 2016, and it benefits his party to fill it in 2020, so that’s what he’s going to do. But McConnell’s attempt to explain his blatantly political change of heart about Supreme Court vacancies is more tortured.
McConnell can’t just come out and say that he’s changing his mind because it benefits his party. So to defend against charges of hypocrisy, he’s arguing that in 2016, it would have been supremely rare for a Republican Senate to confirm a Democratic president’s nominee in an election year, so why should McConnell have done it for Barack Obama? In 2020, there’s a Republican Senate and a Republican White House, so McConnell’s in the clear.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
This could get very ugly very fast. McConnell can ask the senate to vote on whatever he wants. There is no reason to think that he would be gracious in any way and consider that the election is in 45 days and that the American people should weigh in. He’s too much of a hypocrite to stand by his own rationale of a few years back.
This is a black day. The ink’s not dry on Justice Bader’s death certificate and we’re in another pitched political battle. This is who we are in 2020. Sad but true.