Trump and McConnell Move With Unseemly Haste to Fill RBG’s Just-vacated Seat
We begin with the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose most fervent last wish was that she will not be replaced until a new president is installed, yet the Republicans led by Trump and McConnell, are proceeding with unseemly haste to fill her just-vacated seat weeks before the election. Already Trump has promised to name a woman this week in his third pick to fill the court with candidates provided by the Federalist Society pipeline chosen by Leonard Leo who is an ultra-conservative Catholic with ties to Opus Dei and is awash with dark money and has already helped place Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas and Roberts on the Supreme Court. Joining us is Jim Manley, a DC-based independent public affairs consultant, Democratic strategist and 21 year veteran of the U.S. Senate where he served as senior advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the last six of those years and, before that, served 12 years as an aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. We discuss what strategies Democratic senators might employ to stop the thuggish determination of Trump and McConnell to stack the court with a right wing super-majority for decades to come in cynical disregard of McConnell’s excuses given to prevent Obama’s nominee from getting seated and Senator Lindsey Graham’s public vow that the Republicans would not do the same again “if there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term. Let’s let the next president whoever it might be, make that nomination.” With senate Democrats warning they will get rid of the filibuster and put more judges on the Supreme Court if the Republican Senate tries to seat a replacement before or after the election, we assess the chances of peeling off a few decent Republicans to prevent the 50 votes needed to seat another Leonard Leo pick on the court.
Opus Dei’s Leonard Leo Gets his Sixth Pick to Stack the Supreme Court