According to a new report by Politico, the Trump White House is telling its allies to gear up for a potential huge Supreme Court battle should Ruth Bader Ginsburg depart from the high court:
POLITICO – The White House is reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
The outreach began after Ginsburg, 85, on Monday missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. The justice, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, announced in late December that she underwent a surgical procedure to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs.
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.”
Ginsburg had a pulmonary lobectomy, the Supreme Court said in a statement, and her doctors said that post-surgery there was “no evidence of any remaining disease.” She has also recovered from several past health scares. But her departure from the Court would allow Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court justice — the most in one presidential term since President Ronald Reagan placed three judges on the highest court during his second term.
After what Kavanaugh had to endure in October, I don’t blame them one iota for trying to be prepared.
According to Politico, RBG suggested she would only continue as a justice as long as she could do it 100%:
Ginsburg told an audience in mid-December that she “will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.”
She’s clearly not doing it ‘full steam’ right now. That doesn’t mean she’ll resign, as I’m sure she’s under a TON of pressure not to give up her seat for any reason whatsoever.
But given her age and what she’s been through, Trump and his allies better vet the crap out of anyone on a short list because they will be hit by Democrats with everything Kavanaugh got and then some. No doubt about it.