Vacancy Watch: Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Zack Ford

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RAPID TIMELINE: President Trump said Monday he will announce his Supreme Court pick Friday or Saturday. One of the top contenders from his shortlist, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, visited the White House Monday afternoon and met with Trump.

HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO BOUNDS: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed his plans to push a confirmation fight through without hesitation. But nobody outside Senate Republicans is falling for the claim that McConnell and others have been peddling that it’s somehow a different circumstance when the Senate and White House are controlled by the same party. The senators and their allies have clearly moved the goalposts to suit their needs:

ROMNEY SELLS OUT: While many hoped Sen. Mitt Romney could be convinced to oppose Trump’s nomination, he announced Tuesday morning that he too was carrying water for the fake precedent that justifies filling the seat this close to the election:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor Tuesday to call out this “farce”:

DEMOCRATIC SOLIDARITY: There is no doubt that Senate Democrats will stand in solidarity in opposing any eventual nomination. Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) both indicated Monday that they oppose moving forward with the nomination before the election. They join Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who have already said the same.

STILL A TRAILBLAZER: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will this week become the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. Rosa Parks was previously lain in honor after her passing in 2005, but these are not the same thing. Someone lain in state is protected by five guards of honor, representing the five branches of the Armed Forces, while those lain in honor are protected by the civilian-run Capitol Police.

SHORTLIST TRIVIA OF THE DAY: When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012, Amy Coney Barrett criticized the ruling. “Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute,” she wrote in 2017.

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