After RBG’s Medical Scare, the White House Prepares for a New SCOTUS Fight

Good news! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is on the mend after a medical scare that had nearly every liberal in the country crossing fingers and lighting candles out of fear of crisis. Unfortunately, Ginsburg’s fall, her subsequent cancer treatment and her brief absence from the bench has shown us exactly how eager the right is for another shot at a Supreme Court seat — and that they aren’t going to back off just because Ginsburg is still capable of serving.

At 85 years old, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served a quarter-century on the bench. She’s not the longest serving Supreme Court Justice currently — that honor belongs to Justice Clarence Thomas — but she is the oldest, beating Justice Thomas by 15 years.

Even before her recent health issues popped up, Ginsburg was already the target of the right’s desperate hopes for another court retirement. With that in mind, it’s no wonder we’re now learning that the White House has a nomination and confirmation game plan in the work for the next SCOTUS vacancy.

Politico reports:

The White House “is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process,” said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. “They’re doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren’t caught flat-footed.”

Short lists held to the side for a possible vacancy are pretty much standard form for any administration. They probably aren’t very meaningful, considering it’s been less than a year since the White House last nominated a Supreme Court justice — and only a year before that they nominated one, as well.

The list of those being considered to fill a hypothetical seat is unlikely to have changed much over the last two years, and the only real adjustment could be the order of preferred nominees. That’s especially likely after the long and contentious confirmation of Brett “I like beer” Kavanaugh, who was nearly blocked from his appointment due to ongoing allegations of harassment and potential sexual assault in high school and college.

Luckily for those who believe in equal rights and limits on corporate power, Ginsburg doesn’t look like she’ll be talking retirement any time too soon.

CNN reports:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s recovery from surgery is ‘on track’ but she will miss oral arguments next week, the Supreme Court announced Friday. Ginsburg is still recuperating from surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs. “Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” said court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg. Ginsburg, 85, who missed oral arguments this week, has not been on the bench since her surgery last month, but she has participated by reading briefs at home.

Unfortunately, this recovery and return to work actually has Republicans ramping up their push to get RBG to retire for good — for the sake of her health, of course, not because they are desperate to shift the court into a permanent conservative majority for the next 30 years.

After discussing how much easier it would be to nominate new judges now that the Senate GOP expanded the Republican majority, Texas Senator John Cornyn, told his audience, “I wish Ruth Bader Ginsburg a long and happy life — hopefully in retirement.”

And South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News he is “hell-bent” on seating an uber-conservative to replace Ginsburg, regardless of any pushback from the left.

The GOP is prepared to play as dirty as possible again if they have the opportunity, knowing the courts are soon going to be their last bastion of power.

So if you have some thoughts and prayers available, send them over to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the hopes that she can notch another year or two under her belt. And organize now for the 2020 election, which may be the most important one in our country’s history.

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27 comments

Caitlin L
Past Member 3 months ago

Thanks for posting

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 months ago

TYFS

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Fred L
Fred L3 months ago

Hoping she can last until 2021, but she really should have retired during Obama's first few months in office, when she was 75. The Democrats held both houses, and had a 60-40 advantage in the Senate. But I guess few could forsee the cult of Trump and the rabid partisanship of the Republican Party. Hang in there, RBG.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you!

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Debbi W
Debbi W3 months ago

trump should spend more time worrying about people founding out about his dementia/early Alzheimers. RBG is a very strong woman and will not give up, especially where trump is concerned. Every young girl and women should see the movie about RBG. It's so inspirational.

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Anne Moran
Anne M3 months ago

Tough ol' broad,, - Bet she still has it in her ,to continue for a few more years..

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Scary Thank you for caring nd sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Interesting Thank you for caring nd sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Thank you for caring nd sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Thank you for caring nd sharing

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