News sites on both sides of the political divide had articles today acknowledging that Justice Bader-Ginsberg may not necessarily still be around in five years as she plans. What that tells me is that both sides are preparing their members for the eventuality of another extremely heated, partisan battle over the nominee to replace her on the bench.
When news of her cancer surgery made the news, I stated the opinion that she would not stay on the bench past President Trump’s first term. I guess that I’m not alone in that opinion. One of the articles made a point of the fact that on multiple occasions Justice Bader-Ginsberg stated that she wouldn’t continue serving past the point where she can’t “do the job full steam.” The implication being since right now she is at least partially incapacitated her retirement may be imminent. In my opinion her retirement in the next few weeks is highly unlikely. I’m sure the Justice will hold on as long as she has any hope of recovering from this episode. And I fully expect she will recover from it. She has shown resiliency through her two previous bouts with cancer. But the fact that she will not be receiving chemotherapy makes me think that the metastatic nature of her cancer is assumed and that unfortunately she will soon be diagnosed with at least one other new tumor. If she has a life outside of the Law, I would hope at that point that she would resign to enjoy her remaining time with her loved ones. If she does not then perhaps, she intends to cling to the job to till the bitter end. But honestly, I don’t imagine she will last two years. That is a long time.
If I am correct, then President Trump will be able to appoint at least one more Supreme Court Justice. Even assuming Chief Justice Robert’s lapses into left-leaning decisions it would seem that a solid 6-3 conservative majority will begin to make some significant changes in the way Americans live. Another shot at the LGBTQ penchant for persecuting Christian business people may be the first significant loss for the Social Justice Warriors in their war against normalcy. Another useful front would be slapping down some of the overreach that liberal states have been legislating against gun ownership. One of my friends was complaining how Massachusetts can basically call anything they want an assault rifle and then retroactively make it illegal to own. Another was saying that one state has made liability insurance mandatory for gun owners and the insurance is very expensive. That definitely should be checked for constitutionality.
Both because of the strength of a 6-3 ratio and the emotional response of Justice Bader-Ginsberg’s replacement I assume we can expect that the nomination approval process will be even worse than Kavanaugh’s was. They’ll pull out all the stops and attack with every trick and scream from every media megaphone at their disposal. Good. With the enhanced Senate majority, it should be easier this time to get the approval than it was with Kavanaugh. Well, here we go again.