September 18, 2020

R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsberg. While we were on entirely different sides of the aisle politically, I respected her; she was true to her beliefs and expressed them with passion and conviction. And, she was an inspiration to many women and cancer survivors. May she rest in peace.

Did I not predict something like this? I wasn’t bold enough at the time to predict someone’s death (and I never would do this, anyways) but I had a feeling something like this was going to happen. After all, it wasn’t as if 2020 wasn’t chaotic enough, right?

Let the freak-out begin. A few thoughts:

1. There’s no way Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lets this opportunity to replace RBG’s seat on the court slide. Indeed, he’s already said there will be hearings and a Senate vote. After all, the Republicans have the Senate and the White House, and when there is a vacancy on the Court, regardless of the circumstances involved, the White House and the Senate have an obligation to fill that vacancy in a timely fashion.

2. Normally – at least as far as the Founders were concerned – this should not be that big a deal. After all, they perceived the Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch as co-equals to the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch (do they even teach Civics in school anymore?), so the prospect of replacing a Supreme Court judge would be seen by them as a normal part of the branch upon which it occupies. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has turned our judicial system into an activist branch of the Party’s agenda and ultimate goals. So now all hell is going to break loose.

3. The fact that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s first tweet following her death contained no condolences tells you everything you need to know. These people (and by that I mean Democrats in Washington) have no compassion, no soul, no humanity. They see everything in terms of politics. They are nothing but walking, living death and evil. Schumer and “San Fran Nan” Pelosi are despicable human beings, so you can expect them to use Ginsberg’s death as a way to gin up the heretofore invisible support for “Slo’ Joe” Biden’s candidacy. I like to say it won’t work, but the election is now a crapshoot.

4. In reality, this is all RBG’s fault. The liberal left were literally begging her to retire during the last year of the Obama administration and step aside so President Obama could select someone younger and just as (or even more so) politically progressive. I have it on pretty good word that it was Hillary Clinton (shocking!) who encouraged RBG to stay on out of the supreme confidence Clinton had that she would be elected President. As I understand it, RBG would then shortly thereafter announce her retirement, thus allowing HRC to choose yet another woman and one equally (if not more so) politically inclined. Talk about hubris!

5. When Donald J. Trump was elected, there was little RBG could do but try and hang on as long as she could in the hope that Trump would be a one-term president. She was fighter and hung on as long as she could, and I respect her greatly for that. But there’s something also sad about it: I can’t help but wonder what pressure RBG was under by those whose sad and pathetic lives revolve only around Washington politics. I just hope she had some time to enjoy her last days on earth and take time to smell the roses before she passed.

6. So now all hell is going to break loose. And I believe that to be the case, literally. Expect the liberal and progressive left to turn its afterburners outage to maximum
and do everything it can to intimidate McConnell and Republican senators, and use the mainstream media to make them cower to their demands. You thought the Kavanaugh hearings were bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Expect marches in the streets and renewed violence as a weapon of intimidation.

7. I wish I could tell you how it will all go and ultimately fall out, but this is a wrench into whatever machine the White House, McConnell, the pollsters, and senators on both sides of the aisle could ever have imagined. The election is now basically in free-fall, and it will take days – if not weeks – to see how this all fleshes out.

8. Keep a close eye on how all sitting senators decide to handle this. I already see AZ’s Martha McSally come out in favor of pushing forward with a judicial nomination. I think that’s smart: this will definitely be a factor in her race against Mark Kelly, and we’ll now see if the GOP has enough power in Arizona to pull her over the finish line along with Donald Trump. I think this also helps challengers like John James in Michigan. On the other hand, incumbents like Susan Collins in Maine and Cory Gardner in Colorado are really going to get squeezed politically.

9. For folks thinking it would be politically better for President Trump to hold off a judicial nomination because it’s so close to a presidential election, keep in mind the Democrats have publicly already stated they will do whatever it takes from a judicial point of view to win this election for “Slo’ Joe” Biden. The President, therefore, anticipating the need for Supreme Court rulings related to voting and vote counting, would be doing himself a great disservice were he not to follow though on nominating a replacement for RBG to ensure a full court has the opportunity to rule on election practices if needed.

10. Strap yourselves in, folks, if you thought 2020 was already a bumpy ride y’all ain’t seen nothing yet!

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 20:15 | Comments (2)
  1. That I disagree with you on 99% of your perspective on almost everything you write (which is no surprise I’m sure)….PLEASE take a few minutes of your time to address 2 things going forward: 1) the HYPOCRISY of past GOP-McConnell position On “let the American people have a say” and now NOT letting the American people have a say……..2) while you trash talk the far-left, you never seem to mention the far-right….extremism is a problem ON BOTH SIDES. The rise of the white supremacist is a huge problem for AMERICA
    See paragraph #3 above for the balance of my comments: Despicable people are Those that hide the truth from the American People: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Alex Azar, Michael Caputo and the rest that knew but lied about COVID-19.
    The truth always comes out…….. RIP RBG, she will be missed…but not forgotten

    Comment by Don Fudge — September 19, 2020 @ 11:07 am

  2. Hey, great to hear from you! My personal goal is to get you done to disagreeing with me 90% of the time. Which I will accomplish with a few pithy comments. 🙂

    1. You are correct about Mitch McConnell. He’s a pol of the highest order. But you don’t get where he is without knowing how to play hardball, as does his Dem counterparts. Politics ain’t beanbag, and you’ll have to look far and wide for a politician who isn’t willing to use his or her power to their advantage.

    2. One of the big reasons behind Trump’s victory in 2016 was his position on Supreme Court justices. As a supporter of his, I’d be pissed if he didn’t take this opportunity to choose another Supreme Court justice. Don’t blame Trump for moving on filling the empty seat, blame Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama for not gently nudging RBG into retirement when they had the chance. They believed the pollsters. They chose poorly.

    3. Last time I checked, all – not some – of the rioting and looting taking place in Democrat-run cities is being done by BLM and Antifa. Is BLM right wing? Of course not. Is Antifa? Frankly, I don’t know what they are other than what they proclaim to be, which are pimply-faced, gender-questionable losers. But I sincerely doubt you’re going to find Antifa folks at a Trump rally.

    4. As far as the COVID-19 thing goes, I honestly don’t think you can call Trump and his administration liars. Like everyone else, they were just going by the models pushed by the “experts” showing alarmist numbers of dead. And I don’t blame the Democrats who thought Trump’s shutting down of air traffic from China and Europe was excessive. No one knew what to think at the time.

    5. If you want to call the Prez a liar for not being square with the American people, fine. But if you remember the days just after things were getting shut down think about what the supermarkets looked like. Would it have done any good for Trump to say we we’re all going to die and see even more hoarding and gas lines?

    6. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the models, the hysteria, and the lockdowns were all bullshit. Take the approx. 70,000 seniors who died because of Democratic governors putting COVID-19 patients in nursing homes out of the equation and all you have is a worse than average flu season. But the models pushed by the so-called “experts” were pathetically wrong, the government agencies responsible for protecting us were more interested in pushing things like Critical Race Theory than doing the jobs they were supposed to be doing. So that makes it’s Trump’s fault?

    7. But you are right: one way or the other, the truth will come out.

    We’ll always be on opposite sides of the political equation, but it’s always good to hear from you.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 19, 2020 @ 9:29 pm

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