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Trump Vs Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Trump gambit Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought with all her life’s strength to stop

Larry Hackett:

Imagine the championship game of your favourite sport is approaching. Your team is playing its arch rival, feared and loathed through the ages. Suddenly, one of the referees who has officiated all this season’s games dies.

Now your rival, under ancient rules that favour the home team, gets to pick a new ref, someone who’s been their fan for years. And this ref will work not just this game, but all the championship games for years to come.

How would you feel?

Now you know, if you didn’t already, why the death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is such a big deal.

And while it’s too early to tell which fan club will harness the most energy from this impending battle, one thing has changed: The US presidential election is not just about Donald Trump any more.

“This energises both liberals and conservatives, it ratchets up the intensity, and it puts a focus on what’s at stake in this election,” Neil Newhouse, a long-time Republican pollster, told the Washington Post.

A Supreme Court vacancy always triggers an epic fight.

The current make-up is 5-4, conservatives versus liberals, with Ginsburg a feminist icon and the most liberal.

If Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate approve a new justice, that 6-3 majority could define American life for decades, limiting abortion, civil rights legislation, criminal justice reform, healthcare and a host of other issues.

That’s why news of Ginsburg’s death hit with such force.

What had been an abstract issue suddenly became very real. And politically fraught.

Trump, an undisciplined, shambolic campaigner, has in fact managed to focus some attention on the importance of his Supreme Court appointments (two so far).

This is particularly vital to evangelical Christians, Trump’s most rabid supporters. They are singularly focused on outlawing abortion, and another conservative justice on the Supreme Court is a step closer to overturning the 1973 decision that legalised abortion in all 50 states.

“It will give something to fight for over the next 45 days or so that could potentially remind people, ‘OK, this is why I voted for Trump, and this is why even if he makes me crazy sometimes, I’ve got to stick with him,’ ” a former White House official told the Washington Post on Friday night.

But while Republicans may be relieved, Democrats seemed both grief-stricken and electrified.

In the two hours after news of Ginsburg’s death was announced, more than $12 million poured into the party’s online campaign coffers, a staggering sum.

They remain enraged by the confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh, not to mention Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s 2016 refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee in the waning months of his administration.

Many see this news, while tragic, as just the sort of rocket fuel Joe Biden’s cautious campaign needs.

In an act of hypocrisy epic by even DC standards, McConnell said he would shepherd through Ginsburg’s replacement during Trump’s current term, but declined to say if he meant before or after the election.

It’s a shrewd demurral: Several GOP senators are facing tough re-elections, and might refuse to support Trump’s nominee for fear of electoral blowback (“please don’t make me take a stand!”).

Additionally, approving a Supreme Court Justice before election day could reduce evangelicals’ motivation to turn out for Trump himself (we got what we wanted, now we’re outta here).

And a push now could just offend too many Americans’ sense of fair play (assuming there’s much of that left these days).

Something to remember: Polls show 77 per cent of Americans want to maintain legal abortions. Anti-abortion voters – many of them single-issue – were already with Trump, so it’s hard to see those numbers growing substantially.

Democrats are fired up and Ginsburg was a beloved Yoda-like hero, but their anxiety over Biden won’t be allayed now that the GOP have something other than Trump to talk about.

What is certain? “The polarisation in the country was already a 12 on a 1-to-10 scale,” pollster Newhouse told the Post.

“It was already off the charts. This is going to push it up to 15.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. That evil old crone was on the lunatic fringe of the extreme left, hell bent on destroying Western civilization. Hitler was right about them.

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  2. ……”Polls show 77 per cent of Americans want to maintain legal abortions”……

    It isn’t as cut & dried as the Godaddled would like to think it is. No-one makes it in Yank politics on 23% support.

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    • It’s also not cut and dried that only god-botherers are against abortion. There are many atheists, like Christopher Hitchens, who had real problems with abortion from a human rights point of view.

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      • That argument can be used both ways. It would be fair to say that more than 23% of Yanks are gaped jawed morons who believe in the supernatural & need a Skydaddy to guide them.

        Yet some of them can scrape up sufficient nous to realise that a woman should have autonomy over her own body.

        Most people are content to have their own opinions on personal matters. It takes the Godaddled to create a political movement out of them!

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        • A collection of cells and fluid is not a human. The world doesn’t need more babies, especially unwanted ones with no means of support.

          Abort them.

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  3. Quite an anti Trump article I thought, look up Larry Hackett and I see a Huffington Post connection. My leftie daughter swears by the Huffington Post.

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    • HP you might want to be having a word to your daughter about her Will allocation.
      Knock off a couple of zeros.

      Zeros don’t mean anything anyway!!
      So no loss as far as she is concerned.
      Lefties do not understand finance.
      It is all about feelz and if someone demands payment ..well it is just not fair,
      I’ll go to the media(tards).

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  4. Tis good.
    Say what Biden, H. R, Clinton, Pelosi, Sanders, Warren, K. Harris, +….. +………

    2020 Democrats
    should listen to
    2016 Democrats

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1307852041553879040
    2 minutes.
    —————

    Say what Joe? as was said in 2016!

    @JoeBiden in 2016 where he urged the Senate to take up a vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created upon the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. #RuthBaderGinsberg

    Joe Biden @JoeBiden
    Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1307165857810964482
    2 mins 16 sec.

    Joe forgot what he said 4 years ago,
    ——————-
    “Obama: Follow Constitution for Supreme Court nominee”
    https://youtu.be/7S0cAJWi7tk
    2 minutes.

    Going on about the rule of law.

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  5. Whichever one Trump picks of the three finalists ,compared to the vile little liberal pig Ginsburg they are all miss America’s, she was ugly both inside and out and always had me thinking she’d be the perfect wife for Mr Burns from the Simpsons.
    “An American Icon” GTFOH, A fair percentage of legal professors have always said she was out of her depth and nothing more than a high class protester, I wonder how much the multiple rapist pedophile Bill Clinton got paid for giving her the job? and I’m serious about that.

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  6. RBG: “The President is elected for 4 years not 3 years, so the powers that he has in year 3 continue into year 4. Maybe some members of the Senate will wake up & appreciate that that’s how it should be.”
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1307852197456207874
    27 secs.

    So is it for real then as claimed that she believes that after her death, it should the nomination should be held over for a new President.
    For me I smell a rat of others over reaching what was actually said, to give an appearance for their manipulation.

    If it comes out with actual proof, then RBG was truly a rat, but this does go against her reasoning of law, is the top priority.
    Not that I agreed with her, but it is up to the legislators to write the laws correctly, and the government to have far fewer laws & regulations.
    She more assiduously worked out what was written and stayed with in that words.

    More likely of the same ilk that are manipulating Joe Biden, firing him up, and now also manipulating in death, RBG’s final words.

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  7. What a load of shit from the Washington Post.
    …as usual.
    You should be ashamed for posting such nonsense, Mr Editor.
    This crap has no place on YSB.
    Now go and stand in the corner for one hour !!!

    What utter crap about the evangelical chanters.
    Frankly, Ginsburg only represented one half the population and never gave a cold crap for the rest.
    That was poor in such a critical position.
    She was only interested in women and women’s rights.

    Well said Revtech above at 9.28am – a high class protester.
    We see this in NZ with much of the current NZ Cabinet (without the class)

    She hung on until the end despite being non-functional for a long period of time esp. re health.
    This was an abuse of office and disrespect for the position she clung onto.
    That is her epitaph.

    All up there is no loss to the world with the passing of this mean shrew..only upward opportunity.

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