Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the headlines for health issues once again.
Some Democrats feared the worst.
And Ruth Bader Ginsburg got some surprising news about her replacement.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent some time in the hospital to receive treatment for a gallbladder infection.
The Supreme Court thankfully announced Ginsburg left the hospital in good health after receiving care from doctors.
“Justice Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital. She is doing well and glad to be home,” a statement from the Supreme Court announced. “The Justice will return to The John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, for follow-up outpatient visits over the next few weeks to eventually remove the gallstone non-surgically.”
But that did not quell the nerves of Democrats that worried health issues could force the 87-year-old Ginsburg to retire months before the 2020 election.
Democrats’ anxiety levels shot through the roof when numerous Senate Republicans made it clear that the GOP would quickly move to fill any potential vacancy regardless of how close the confirmation vote was to the election.
“We’re going to fill it,” Wyoming Republican John Barrasso stated. “With Justice Scalia … people might not have thought he was the one, because he wasn’t the oldest at the time. You just never know.”
Other members of GOP Senate leadership including the number two and four ranking Republicans – John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota – also agreed.
“If you thought the Kavanaugh hearing was contentious this would probably be that on steroids,” Cornyn declared. “Nevertheless, if the president makes a nomination then it’s our responsibility to take it up.”
“My guess is yes. That’s ultimately a decision the leader makes. But I think you’ve heard him speak to the subject before. He believes if there was a vacancy, he’d fill it,” Thune stated. “Confirmation hearings in the age of COVID-19 would be very interesting but I’m sure no less contentious than the last one.”
Populist conservative Senator Josh Hawley acknowledged that if the GOP tried to fill Ginsburg’s seat, Republicans would press ahead anyway.
“I would be very surprised if we didn’t move forward with hearings and try to fill the seat. I’m sure it would be very controversial, principally because of the balance of the court,” Hawley said. “If it’s replacing someone like Justice Ginsburg, that would be a big shift, that would be a big deal.”
Democrats still fume about Republicans blocking a vote on Merrick Garland after President Obama nominated Garland to fill Justice Scalia’s seat after Scalia passed away in February 2016.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cited the fact that Barack Obama was a lame duck President and the Senate was held by a different party so the voters should decide who nominated Scalia’s successor.
The circumstances in 2020 are vastly different.
President Trump is an incumbent President with his own party controlling the Senate.
That’s why Republicans feel they are justified in filling a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
American Patriot Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.