The days left on the calendar until the end of Donald Trump’s presidency keep slipping away, at least in the minds of many Democrats. And with them, the amount of time remaining for another vacancy on the Supreme Court to come up. But we’re in the middle of an election year, aren’t we? Surely the Senate Republican majority wouldn’t attempt to drive through another Trump nominee before the people have spoken in the November elections.
Don’t be silly. Of course they would. Allahpundit already walked through both the mechanics of how it would work and the rationale that the Senate Majority leadership would likely offer to explain why this situation is different than that of Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016. But such an analysis doesn’t do full justice to the true hero of this story. That would be Midnight Mitch McConnell (or Cocaine Mitch or whatever other cool nicknames the Democrats want to give him this year). In an only partially satirical piece at the Free Beacon, Andrew Stiles explains why McConnell is an American hero, upholding his constitutional duties in the face of public pressure and political headwinds that might cow a lesser man into retreat.
McConnell, however, could not care less. He is more concerned with the solemn fulfillment of his professional and constitutional obligations, which include providing “advice and consent” on presidential nominations. When asked in 2019 what Republicans would do in the event of an election-year vacancy on the Supreme Court, the majority leader responded with characteristic resolve: “Oh, we’d fill it.”
Democrats are understandably on edge. Ginsburg could have retired during the Obama administration, but thanks to her personal trainer—2018 Free Beacon Man of the Year Bryant Johnson—she decided to power through. After all, Hillary Clinton couldn’t possibly lose, could she?
In an effort to stay alive until a Democrat is elected president, RBG has brazenly defied “stay at home” guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, sneaking into the Supreme Court’s private gym to continue her workout sessions.