The White House has reportedly begun making preparations in anticipation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s voluntary or involuntary departure from the high court.
Reports of this preparation emerged after the ailing 85-year-old justice missed a third day of Supreme Court arguments on Wednesday. Over the course of her 26-year tenure on the court, RGB has only missed three days of arguments total, and all three of those absences occurred this week.
“Repeating what he said Monday, [Supreme Court Justice John] Roberts said Ginsburg is ‘unable to be present’ for the court’s sitting, but will participate in the decisions using transcripts of the arguments and court briefs,” The Hill initially reported Tuesday.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the Supreme Court bench for the second day in a row today. https://t.co/KSCR9WMG1T
— 🇺🇸 Jack Ralph 🇺🇸 (@NevadaJack2) January 8, 2019
“Ginsburg, who was forced to miss her first oral argument in more than 25 years on Monday, is still recuperating at home after surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from the lower lobe of her left lung on Dec. 21.”
The next day Ginsburg missed yet another day.
And the day after that, Thursday, an unspecified source confirmed to Politico that 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.”
“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,” the source reportedly added.
As noted by John Malcolm, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, if RGB were to die or step down, it’d trigger a “brutal confirmation” process that could conceivably make Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation look like a cakewalk.
“The first two were not easy at all, but this would be much harder in this respect: When Neil Gorsuch was the nominee, you were replacing a conservative with a conservative,” he said to Politico. “With Kavanaugh, you were replacing the perennial swing voter, who more times than not sided with the so-called conservative wing, so that slightly solidified the conservative wing.”
“But if you are replacing Justice Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, that would be akin to replacing Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas. It would mark a large shift in the direction of the court.”
As it stands, members of the far-left have already begun panicking, to the point that one RGB groupie noted on Twitter that if 10,000 lefties agreed to “subtract one day off your life and add it to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life for one extra day of good health,” she could live for another 27 years:
If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life for one extra day of good health? If just 10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life. pic.twitter.com/RurqFmWZGp
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) January 8, 2019
This guy, Roger Simon, is Politico’s chief political columnist, ironically enough.
See other bizarre tweets below:
If I save Ruth Bader Ginsburg maybe then she’ll elect to spend the next 27 years of her life (procured by me asking people to donate her 1 day at a time on Twitter) with me! because she wants to! Not because she feels like she owes me.
— 🕳 (@9g7d7) January 8, 2019
God Save Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
God save our loving and gracious Justice R.B. Ginsburg.
Long live our Honorable Justice!
God save Justice R.B. Ginsburg!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign in the SCOTUS,
God save the Justice Ruth B. Ginsburg.
— Cedric Blain-Spain (@BlainSpain) January 10, 2019
You seem to forget the possibility that justice Ginsburg is being blackmailed, or intimidated in some fashion, and if they have successfully scared her away from work (like a forced resignation etc This is beyond her just her recent health grade @RajaFlores @maddow pic.twitter.com/O3ZEkOFurh
— Raina Fortini (@rainafortini) January 11, 2019
The far-left acted similarly before, during and after Ginsburg’s surgery last month, with many offering to donate their vital organs to save her life and prevent President Donald Trump from installing another principled constitutionalist on the high court.
— Jamie (@YouthIsF1eeting) November 10, 2018
— Goldie Hoffman (@theMizzGoldie) November 8, 2018
— JBorí Vazquez (@JBori23) January 7, 2019
I happily donate to @scotusginsburg my heart, any lobe of my brain, or anything else she needs, to recover and return to us post haste. Her strength is a blessing. Our prayers are with her 🙏🏽💕.
— Millie Jackson (@mjeyenurse) November 9, 2018
— Kimberly Melena 🇩🇴🇨🇺🇯🇲 (@Blair_Affair) November 8, 2018
Can someone tell me which Hospital Justice @scotusginsburg is at?
I have a couple of spare ribs I can donate just in case she needs them.
Plus 1 ❤️, 2 lungs, 1 liver
— Rogue (@RogueCIAsurveil) November 8, 2018
Last month Ginsburg specifically underwent a pulmonary lobectomy wherein two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were removed. The nodules were discovered while she was being treated for fractured ribs she reportedly sustained in November.
As of Friday morning, Ginsburg’s current prognosis remained unclear. She has for her part repeatedly stated in the past that she’d remain on the court for “as long as I can do it full-steam.”
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