… and welcome to cover another day of politics in the United States, which it dominates The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg And a looming quarrel over who would replace her in the Supreme Court.
Then the planning started.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell He said he would put a candidate to vote, even though there were fewer than 50 days to go to the presidential election, and in 2016, infamously, he turned down an eight-month hearing of Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, saying that no such nomination should be held. In an election year.
Donald Trump has said he will act quickly To nominate a replacement for Ginsburg, and later She confirmed that she would be a woman. Most observers expect her to be Amy Connie Barrett, a hard-line Catholic viewed with paranoia by pro-choice activists.
Lindsay Graham, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Who would direct the nomination, was recorded in the Battle of Garland saying that justice should not be confirmed too soon in the election. It doesn’t matter – by the end of the day, citing the democratic moves in the bitter party war of the past decade as motivation, he said it was a game. He will seek to introduce the Trump candidate.
And so for the trenches, where everything is not so simple. The Republicans It holds a 53-47 majority in the Senate. This means that in a process that could extend into the lame duck period after the election on Nov.3, even if Trump loses to Joe Biden, they could lose three votes and still pass a candidate with Vice President Mike Pence. Two moderate Republicans, sOsan Collins is from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, They are on record, they believe the winner of the presidential election must choose the new justice. And in Arizona, a special election could be elected to replace John McCain’s new Democratic candidate, Mark Kelly, by early November.
All eyes are on Mitt Romney from Utah They aren’t about to vote, a sure enemy of Trump – and others are in tight fights for re-election, among them Tom Tillis of North Carolina and Corey Gardner of Colorado. Does McConnell prefer to keep the Senate or tilt the court properly for a generation? That is the question – or one of them.
Further reading, Here’s our columnist Robert Reich Regarding how McConnell, one of the most ruthless opponents, his opponents say are destroying Washington operators of all time, Always Rap principle: