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White House aides are said to be preparing a shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees in the event that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies or retires.

Ginsburg, 85, missed oral arguments this week for the first time since she was first appointed to the high court 25 years ago by President Bill Clinton.

After missing arguments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (for the record, she is reading transcripts of the sessions while she recovers from cancer surgery), the Trump White House began “reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to prepare for an ailing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the Supreme Court — an event that would trigger the second bitter confirmation battle of President Donald Trump’s tenure,” according to Politico.

This would actually be the third bitter confirmation battle of Trump’s tenure, unless Politico thinks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) going nuclear to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed doesn’t constitute a “bitter confirmation battle.”

Politico spoke to “a source familiar with those conversations” within the White House, who said the administration “is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process.”

This source emphasized that the White House is “doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren’t caught flat-footed.”

Back in November 2017, the White House updated a list of potential Supreme Court nominees in the event that President Trump would need to replace another justice.

The list contained 25 names, including Brett Kavanaugh, who would eventually be confirmed to the court after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire in 2018. Other names on the list have since been appointed elsewhere, such as Don Willett, who now sits on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Still, some of the names on this list could come up again on a shortlist to replace Ginsburg, should the need arise. Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was on the shortlist for the seat that eventually went to Kavanaugh. Since Ginsburg is a woman, replacing her with another woman could alleviate some of the attacks sure to be lodged against a potential future nominee.

Of course, Democrats and their media supporters will demand Trump replace Ginsburg with another liberal judge to keep the current makeup of the court’s ideology — a demand that was not put to President Barack Obama when he nominated Judge Merrick Garland (a center-left judge) to replace Justice Antonin Scalia (a reliably conservative judge). Garland never made it to the Supreme Court.

In the past, Ginsburg has said she would retire only when she “can’t do the job full steam,” however, previous justices have continued to work on the Supreme Court from home after their health deteriorated. Since it’s a lifetime appointment, Ginsburg is under no obligation to retire.

And we must remember she’s recovering from serious surgery. She may very well return to the bench soon. TMZ reported seeing her leaving her Washington, D.C. apartment on Wednesday, so she may be feeling better. Right now this is all just speculation, but Ginsburg has proved resilient in the past.

We wish her well.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Rocky

    January 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Ginsburg will never retire. Her law clerks will be issuing her opinions from now on.
    Like McCain she wants the power and prestige until the end.

  2. Joe

    January 11, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Hope he picks a women, then the dems won’t be able to cry rape and postpone the vote.

    • Rick

      January 11, 2019 at 2:43 am

      They’ll go back to the day she was conceived….

    • Franklin

      January 11, 2019 at 3:47 am

      Wanna bet. Lol

  3. Rick

    January 11, 2019 at 2:44 am

    democrats might lose the House in 2020…

  4. J POLLS

    January 11, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Ginzberg will never die, she will be embalmed and posed in her chair.. they will prop her eyeballs open so she doesn’t look like she’s sleeping.. or maybe let her visit that same ranch where JUDGE SCALIA DIED.

  5. LST

    January 11, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Ginsberg died years ago, someone is always behind her to move her around a little, like in the movie Weekend At Bernie’s, some liberals just want it to appear as hough the hag is still breathing.

  6. Stephen Hughes

    January 11, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Mr. President, I hope Trey Goudy is in your top 2 possibilities to Replace Ginsburg – regardless of his stated intentions at this time.

    Faced with an actual nomination, I believe he will accept… and who out there is better qualified, especially in light of his performance in recent years in the House.

  7. Jon Wisdom

    January 11, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    It isn’t nice to attack the ill and infirm or to wish bad upon anybody. It is not what we do. I just wish she would quietly go away and let history judge her. She can no longer perform her job.

  8. richard smith

    January 12, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    She should have retired years ago, but Supreme Justices don’t seem to follow that pattern. They seem to favor to just grow very old and die on the bench. Since their job is obviously not that demanding, they can stay employed and grow very old and ineffective at their job. This old bag ought to give up the ghost or retire very soon.

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