FIGHT TO THE FINISH: RIOTS, CIVIL UNREST LIKELY
“Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.'”
It was the dog whistle to the Left.
NPR, which got the copy of the statement from Spera, was quick on the draw to publish the last wish of the 87-year-old Supreme Court justice, who on her deathbed committed her final nakedly partisan act, throwing the replacement of her seat deep into the 2020 campaign cycle. Her politics was her final word: It’s her seat, and she wants a Democrat in it.
COVID-19 is so- last-week. National mask mandates are in the rearview mirror. And nobody is talking about Joe Biden’s dementia today.
Now, the presidential candidates and their surrogates will be fighting for the holy grail — that key seat on the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump have said, essentially, it’s full steam ahead for nomination and confirmation. But McConnell, while he said there will be a vote on the president’s nominee, has not said when that vote would come. The election looms bigly in both these leaders’ minds.
Any campaign polls that were published before Friday night can be thrown out the window. All bets are off. For many on the left, Bader-Ginsburg was a cult hero. Although her death could not have come as a total surprise, for the Left, this is like Mahatma Ghandi’s death was for India. Bader-Ginsburg is revered that much. They are weeping, wailing, and rending their yoga pants.
But the fact is that Ginsberg became enchanted with her own image. She could have retired during the Obama years and ensured that she had a liberal replacement. She was 81 and had a window to get her liberal, woke replacement. But she missed that window because of her own narcissistic tendencies. It was bad succession planning on her part.
The battle for the Supreme Court may reignite the Antifa-Black Lives Matter riots across America, and will certainly reshape the thinking of every federal campaign, from the President to the U.S. House, which has no role in the confirmation process, but will feel the heat of the argument nonetheless. Joe Biden has already said he will appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court, fueling the racist rage of the Left.
One reason the President wants his choice on the high court is that it’s expected by Republicans that Democrats will try to steal the election through unsecured mail-in ballots across several key states, such as Pennsylvania, where officials have already said that mail-in ballots need to be counted even if the signatures don’t match the voter. They describe it as the “red mirage,” where Trump wins on Election Day, but then loses as the mail-in ballots arrive.
Litigation this year is likely to drag on for weeks. The Supreme Court may be pulled into the political realm to decide the outcome of the presidential election, as it was in 2000, when Florida hung in the balance with its “hanging chads” from well-used voting machines.
If the Supreme Court has only eight justices and lacks a tie-breaking vote, the nation could face a constitutional crisis, with no resolution to the election, and no president sworn in. A 4-4 split on the Court is not a good thing for either party.
The rioting that will ensue before and after the elections is almost a given at this point, as evidenced by the raging of the Left in recent weeks. The riots of this summer were just spring training for the main game. Unreported by the mainstream media, nightly riots continue in Portland, and sporadically elsewhere.
Senate campaigns across the country are gearing up for the epic battle, which has become suddenly laser focused. Seats like Susan Collins in Maine, Corey Gardner in Colorado, and Martha McSally in Arizona will suck all the political oxygen out of the room, as Democrats fight to flip the Senate and put New York’s Chuck Schumer in charge.
Friday was a pivot in the campaign. Many a bottle of liquor was consumed by political operatives on the Left and the Right late into the night, as the consequence of Bader-Ginsberg’s death sunk in, and the demonstrations from the Left are beginning today here in Alaska and across the country.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has already boxed herself in with her statement that she will not vote on a nominee until after Nov. 3. That gets the demonstrators out of her office and down the hall at Dan Sullivan’s.
And the Democrats activated immediately: Democratic donors shattered records last night on the ActBlue donor site, contributing $6.2 million in the 9 pm hour. A lot of that money will be spent to take out Republicans like Sen. Dan Sullivan, Gardner, Collins, and McSally. If they lose, it would leave Murkowski in the minority in November at a time when she would otherwise be in line to run the Appropriations Committee.
Batten down the hatches. It’s going to get ugly.