Ginsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle
Published in The Hill
The recent hospitalization of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following a year of health scares has raised the prospect of a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year and a partisan battle royal that would likely surpass the impeachment fight.
Liberal activists are already calling on President Trump to keep any possible Supreme Court vacancy open until after the 2020 election, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated he would fill a court vacancy next year, even though he blocked former President Obama’s nominee for most of 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
McConnell argued at the time that voters should have a chance to weigh in on the balance of the court.
Progressive groups say McConnell should apply that same thinking if there is a vacancy between now and Election Day.