Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back in the hospital for treatment of an infection, and the totality of her health concerns over the last year have liberals hitting the panic button.
As such, liberals are already starting to push the narrative that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should not allow President Donald Trump to choose a replacement for Ginsburg if she retires before the 2020 presidential election, The Hill reports.
Health problems for Ginsburg
2019 will be a year that likely cannot fade into the rearview mirror fast enough for Ginsburg. Over the last year or so, she has had two bouts with suspected cancer, broken ribs, and she was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms most recently.
Believe it or not, it is that last health crisis that really has everyone most worried. It was not so much that Ginsburg had a fever and chills as it was the fact she was transported from her local hospital to Johns Hopkins for treatment.
Her office said that she only had fluids and antibiotics administered intravenously, but any hospital should be able to do that.
What was so urgent that she needed to be taken to one of the best hospitals in the country to have this done rather than remain where she was?
When Barack Obama was in office and Justice Antonin Scalia died, it was very late in Obama’s term, with no chance of being re-elected since he was already at the end of his second term.
McConnell blocked Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for most of 2016, saying that voters should have a say in the balance of the court. Garland’s nomination then expired, and Donald Trump selected Neil Gorsuch to replace Scalia.
With only a year left in Trump’s first term, liberals are already starting a movement to block Trump from being able to name a SCOTUS justice if Ginsburg decides to retire. Marge Baker, executive vice president of People for the American Way, said Mitch McConnell needs to apply the same thinking to a possible Trump nomination to replace Ginsburg.
That, however, is unlikely to happen. First, the situation is completely different. In Ginsburg’s case, we have a president that is only in his first term and is far from being a lame duck.
Second, the political situation is far different now than it was in 2016, so don’t expect Republicans to sit back and allow a Supreme Court seat to sit vacant while they have a president in the White House.
Experts are already predicting a bigger fight for a Supreme Court nomination than we have seen with the impeachment effort against Trump. It is a fairly safe assumption that if this scenario plays out, the hit jobs that were put out on Brett Kavanaugh will be child’s play compared to what liberals will do to the next Trump nomination for the Supreme Court.