Does the White House know something the American people don’t? Obviously something big is about to happen.
The White House aides are quietly preparing a shortlist of potential supreme court nominees in the event that Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies or retires. The 85-year-old missed this week’s oral arguments for the first time since she was first appointed to the high court 25 years ago by former President Bill Clinton.
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After missing Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s arguments, the Trump White House began reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court.
“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.”
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,” said John Malcolm, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. “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.” Continue Reading
Back in November 2017, The White House updated a list of potential Supreme Court nominees in the event that President Trump would need to replace another justice. The list contained 25 names, which included Brett Kavanaugh, who would eventually be confirmed to the court after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired in 2018.
Whatever happens it’s gonna shake up Washington. You can see the Democrats are already in fear of who President Trump will end up choosing.
Gonna be very interesting. It’s way past time we clean up the Supreme Court.
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Still, some of the names on this list could come up again on a shortlist to replace Ginsburg, should the need arise. Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was on the shortlist for the seat that eventually went to Kavanaugh. Since Ginsburg is a woman, replacing her with another woman could alleviate some of the attacks sure to be lodged against a potential future nominee.
Of course, Democrats and their media supporters will demand Trump replace Ginsburg with another liberal judge to keep the current makeup of the court’s ideology — a demand that was not put to President Barack Obama when he nominated Judge Merrick Garland (a center-left judge) to replace Justice Antonin Scalia (a reliably conservative judge). Garland never made it to the Supreme Court. Continue Reading