WINNING A JUSTICE,
BUT LOSING THE COURT
After months of doing nothing about the massive
economic crisis this country faces amid the
COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump and Senate
Republicans are in a big damn hurry to get
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat filled.
And poll after poll taken since Ginsburg’s death has
shown that the American people don’t want a rush in
judgment here — they want to let the winner of the Nov.
3 presidential election make the appointment.
Of course, Trump and his Senate henchmen aren’t
listening — they want Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme
Court bench to help rule in their favor any challenges
to ballots. They think they’re going to be able to
cement a conservative bench for decades.
Spare us the talk of judicial independence. No
Trump appointee to anything is independent — and
those who try to act independently feel the wrath of his
Twitter outrage, amplified by his friends in right-wing
Barrett’s extremism is a conservative’s dream come
When she’s confirmed, you can bet that Justice Barrett
will be the deciding vote on a conservative death
panel that pulls the plug on the Affordable Care Act and
its pre-existing condition protections.
Reproductive rights? Voting rights? Same-sex marriage?
You can bet that Justice Barrett, with her views
on overturning prior judicial precedent, will see to it
that they disappear once the latest challenges hit the
Supreme Court docket.
And who knows? If the election is razor-thin, maybe
Justice Barrett will help Trump steal away enough electoral
votes from Biden to preserve his Oval Office seat.
All of this is destined to happen because the Senate
Republicans, who act like Trump appointees rather
than elected officials, are scrambling to do his bidding
and confirm her. Nothing the Senate Democrats can
say or do will stop it. Only a massive conversion of Senate
Republican hearts, coupled with a sudden burst of
integrity, can derail the Barrett nomination.
But Americans don’t like it when politicians stop
listening to them.
If Republicans ignore the American voters and then
lose the presidency and all of Congress, Democrats will
have the power to kill the Senate filibuster and add
several seats to the Supreme Court, balancing out the
scales of justice.
Nothing the Senate Republicans will say or do will
For what shall it profit a party to gain a Supreme
Court seat and lose its power for good?
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President Donald Trump announced Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme
Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. REUTERS/Carlos Barria