Rip RBG. Just when we thought 2020 couldn’t get more politically charged.
September 18, 2020
Via text message.
[This is how I found out RBG died.
A few minutes later she also sent me a screen shot of Mitch McConnell’s statement on the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Here is the text (emphasis added):
The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.
In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.
By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.
President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.
“Politically charged” is an understatement. I expect the police and fire departments will soon be earning overtime for the foreseeable future.
I wonder if the list of 20 names of potential Supreme Court nominees President Trump released nine days ago was based on insider knowledge of Justice Ginsburg’s health status.
All is in accordance with prophecy.—Joe]