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During his interview with Sean Hannity, Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Republicans have the votes to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The woman will be sworn in before the election.

Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. 3 election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” Monday. “It’s pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.

“They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that,” Graham added. “I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not going to work, it didn’t work with Kavanaugh. We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. Now, that’s the constitutional process.”

This is the video of the interview:

If Republicans have the votes to confirm, which I think they do, that means that Democrats will wage full-out thermonuclear war on President Trump’s nominee starting the night before the nominee is named. If you thought Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings were bad, this nominee’s confirmation hearing will make that look timid.

With Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, Democrats were worried that Kavanaugh’s Catholic pedigree would influence his thinking on so-called reproductive rights cases. This time, instead of replacing a Republican-appointed justice, they’ll be appointing the Court’s Liberal Lioness replacement. That isn’t just a cultural shift. It’s a seismic shift in judicial philosophy.

Mitch McConnell is right in warning his caucus of the upcoming fight:

“Already some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh are lining up … to proclaim the third time will be the charm,” McConnell said in what amounted to the official opening salvo in the war over the vacant seat. “The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present and more threats against our institutions from the same people, the same people who already have been saying for months … they want to pack the court.”

He added: “Two years ago a radical movement tried to use unproven accusations to ruin a man’s life because they could not win a vote fair and square. Now they appear to be readying an even more appalling sequel.”

After Chairman Graham’s statement, Sen. Cory Gardner announced that he’ll support President Trump’s nominee. Even if Mitt Romney votes to not confirm President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Republicans have enough votes to confirm, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. I’m confident that Romney will vote to confirm, partially because he’s generally on board with strict constructionist judges, partially because voting against confirmation and for impeachment means the end of his political career.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Nancy Pelosi if she’d consider impeaching President Trump, he stopped just short of gift-wrapping President Trump’s reelection. This morning on Fox & Friends, President Trump responded to this mini-fiasco:

President Trump on Monday claimed he would win the presidential election if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually attempted to use impeachment as an option to block his eventual Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I don’t think Ms. Pelosi is that stupid. She might threaten impeachment but she doesn’t dare impeaching President Trump.

Likewise, it’s rumored that Ms. Pelosi might shut the government down in an attempt to shut down the confirmation process. Ms. Pelosi might threaten it but President Trump, Sen. McConnell and Leader McCarthy would jump for joy if she actually shut it down. That wouldn’t just guarantee President Trump’s reelection. It would guarantee McCarthy wielding the Speaker’s Gavel starting in 2021 and strengthen the GOP majority in the Senate.

That being said, packing the courts, granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, DC and killing the filibuster are definitely on the Democrats’ priority lists. Schumer and AOC definitely tried ramping up the fear with Republicans:

I don’t give a damn about of RBG’s wish. The spot on the SCOTUS bench didn’t belong to RBG. It belongs to the American people. Had Democrats held the Senate when Justice Antonin Scalia passed, there’s no doubt that President Obama would’ve nominated someone to the left of Merrick Garland and Democrats would’ve confirmed that far-left SCOTUS nominee.

Sen. McConnell set the precedent record straight:

We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee. We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds. As of today, there are 43 days until November 3rd and 104 days until the end of this Congress. The late, iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nomination. Nineteen days from start to finish.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself, it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could have played out twice between now and November 3rd, with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could have been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare. The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Senate Republicans need to ignore the Democrats’ threats. They need to confirm the highly qualified woman jurist to the Supreme Court ASAP. Finally, it’s important to differentiate between RBG’s extraordinary legal career from her time on the bench. As a jurist, she was an activist more than a jurist. President Trump needs to reject activists.

Democrats are worried that Ruth Bader-Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court is about to be filled by a conservative jurist like Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats are worried because they’re making wild threats to pack the courts, to impeach President Trump for exercising his constitutional responsibility of appointing judges and for having the audacity of standing up to the Democrats’ bullying tactics.

This article outlines the Democrats’ plan of attack to thwart President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Democrats began discussing their options on Saturday, with senators all vowing a furious fight to keep the seat vacant until next year when a new Senate convenes and when Joe Biden may occupy the White House. And while no specific course of action was detailed, Democrats said they were united on this: They planned to engage in an all-out battle to stop the nomination in its tracks by pressuring four Republicans to break ranks.

Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have already said that they don’t want to vote before the election so the Democrats are halfways there. While they might pick off Romney, that’s pretty much the end of the line. Republican senators in tight races don’t dare cross President Trump. If they abandon President Trump, their political careers are finished. If senators like Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst and Martha McSally stick with President Trump, they’ll likely win reelection and Republicans will hold onto the Senate majority.

As President Trump moves to nominate a candidate to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, there are a growing number of Democrats threatening to implement a radical strategy and pack the Supreme Court if they take control of the White House and the Senate.

“If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., tweeted on Saturday. “It’s that simple.”

Kennedy isn’t the only Democrat who thinks that packing the court is the right thing to do:

“If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session — before a new Senate and President can take office — then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter.

“Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame-duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected officials. Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start,” the New York Democrat continued.

If the Democrats held the Senate majority in 2016, there’s no doubt about whether they would’ve confirmed President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. In fact, there’s no doubt that President Obama wouldn’t have nominated Merrick Garland. He would’ve picked someone far to the left of Garland.

Cancer finally took Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. Chief Justice John Roberts issued a statement that read, in part, “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”

Just like Ted Kennedy was the Liberal Lion of the Senate, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg was the liberal lion of the Supreme Court. Opponent and ally alike heaped praise on the woman who got along famously with conservative icon Antonin Scalia. RBG and Scalia were polar opposites in most of their rulings, yet were frequently seen together at operas with their spouses. Now they’ll be linked by the fact that their unexpected deaths have started a ton of turmoil in an election year.

The court said Ginsburg, a lifelong champion of women’s rights and a fierce advocate for gender equality, died “surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”

RBG’s death is certain to touch off a political firestorm in DC. In a year that’s already been event-filled X 10, it seems, it’s about to get cut-throat. The political debate is already shaping up. It’s sure to rock the political world from now to Election Day and beyond.

Minnesota U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Tonight, I join with all Minnesotans in praying for the family and friends of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She dedicated herself to public service on behalf of our country. Although there are many rulings in which I differed with Justice Ginsburg ideologically, she was a fierce jurist and an honorable public servant. Although she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia differed on judicial philosophy, they are famous for having a close personal friendship. That’s the kind of example we can all profit from in this age of fierce political divisiveness.”

President Trump was holding a rally in Bemidji, MN, when RBG passed away. He didn’t find out until after the rally. Here’s his reaction to the news:

Later, President Trump tweeted this statement:

I expect this weekend to be somewhat quiet while the Democrats do their opposition research into President Trump’s nominee and Republicans figure out a strategy for getting President Trump’s nominee confirmed. If you thought that the Kavanaugh confirmation was a s***storm, that’ll look quaint by the time this one is finished.