Cable News Preps for a ‘Monumental Fight’ Over Ginsburg’s Replacement

The loss of life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will set off an enormous political battle over her alternative, and only a few hours afterward Friday night time, the cable networks have been already getting in place to cowl it.

On MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” the tone was somber, because the show broadcast dwell pictures of a vigil exterior the Supreme Court constructing. Maddow interviewed NPR’s Nina Totenberg, who associated that Ginsburg’s dying want was that the subsequent president would decide her alternative.

“There’s going to be a monumental combat over this,” Totenberg mentioned. “I’m not optimistic that what she wished, her fervent want, will in actual fact happen, however you by no means know. You actually by no means know.”

Shortly after Ginsburg’s loss of life was introduced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a press release saying that President Trump’s nominee would get a vote on the ground. Democrats, in the meantime, are searching for to invoke the “McConnell Rule” — recalling the chief’s refusal to think about President Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland within the 2016 election 12 months.

On Fox News, authorized commentator Jay Sekulow — who labored as Trump’s exterior counsel in the course of the impeachment — predicted that there could be a good interval of a few days to mourn Ginsburg earlier than the political combat begins.

“The battle shall be pitched on Monday, I don’t assume there’s any doubt about it,” Sekulow mentioned on “Hannity,” as he sketched out the Republican argument for permitting Trump to switch Ginsburg. “The president nominates with the recommendation of the United States Senate. That’s the way it works. The Constitution doesn’t change once you’re 5 months earlier than, two weeks or after an election.”

The emptiness on the court docket will elevate the stakes — if potential — within the presidential election, lower than six weeks earlier than the vote. The affirmation hearings will also be anticipated to exceed even the excessive drama of the battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

That combat riveted the nation, although Kavanaugh was changing one other conservative, Justice Anthony Kennedy. In this case, Trump’s nominee would change the court docket’s main liberal. As with Kavanaugh, all eyes shall be on a handful of Republican senators, together with Sen. Susan Collins, who’s up for re-election in November, and can face large political strain to again up McConnell and Trump.

On CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” commentator David Gergen predicted that the combat would assist Joe Biden.

“I feel this performs into Biden’s arms,” he mentioned. “The unfairness is so — it shrieks of hypocrisy.”

Biden issued a press release Friday night time, saying “The voters ought to decide a President, and that President ought to choose a successor to Justice Ginsburg. This was the place that the Republican Senate took in 2016, when there have been almost 9 months earlier than the election. That is the place the United States Senate should take now, when the election is lower than two months away. We are speaking concerning the Constitution and the Supreme Court. That establishment shouldn’t be topic to politics.”



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