If you thought the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Brett Kavanaugh inspired liberal outrage the likes of which we haven’t seen in some time, but at the end of the day, he was filling an already-(semi) conservative seat on the Supreme Court. As was Neil Gorsuch. But if the reports are true, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the true left-wingers on the nation’s high court (and, recently, a cultural hero among millennials) is on her way out. Recuperating poorly from her most recent cancer surgery, Ginsburg sparked alarm this week when she missed opening arguments for the first time in her career.
And now reports have it that the White House is quietly planning what will undoubtedly be the most explosive Supreme Court confirmation battle in U.S. history.
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 White House “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,” said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. “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.”
There has been no word from the Ginsburg camp on her possible retirement (or worse), but a recent video from TMZ showed a woman who is clearly not doing well. For that reason alone, President Trump and his aides must prepare for the imminent possibility of replacement.
“It would be a brutal confirmation,” John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation told Politico. “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. It would mark a large shift in the direction of the court.”
If Ginsburg retires or succumbs to her health problems in the coming weeks, mark our words: The Democrats are going to play their impeachment card early. They are going to do literally ANYTHING they can to stop Trump from naming this nominee. It is going to be ugly, and it will likely do grave, long-lasting damage to this country. Be prepared.