A liberal Supreme Court Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, age 87, passed away today due to pancreatic cancer. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. U.S. Supreme Judges have no retirement age. They can serve as long as they want to.
President Trump was very lucky. In his first term, he was able to appoint two conservative judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. The current position is 5 conservative judges and 4 liberal judges (with Ginsberg).
Here is the situation as of today. Within a few hours of Ginsberg’s death, President Trump is already considering about 5 people for replacing her. Two of them are Indian Origin. Amul Thapar and Neomi Rao.
Here is a tricky situation. 2016 was a year for Presidential election. President Obama, a few months before the election, had an opportunity to fill a vacancy. He nominated Merrick Garland. The Republicans controlled the senate. Therefore, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate Mr. Mitch McConnell is the one to decide what business will be taken up by the Senate. In 2016, he refused to take up this matter for discussion. He said “voters should be able to express their views at the ballot box before the Senate votes in the final year of a president's term.”
Now the same situation in 2020. 2 months before the election there is a vacancy. Democrats are telling Mr. McConnell to go by the same rule he invoked in 2016. But Mr. McConnell says he is not going to abide by what he said in 2016. Today he said he will make sure Trump’s nominee is confirmed while Trump is still the president.
If the Republicans can do that, It will be 6 to 3 in favor of Conservatives in the U.S. Supreme Court. This will affect the American people and everything in the United States for many many years.
PS: I have no idea why the last 2 paragraphs came in this fashion.