It seems Harry Reid’s chickens are coming home to roost:
President Donald Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court in the coming days, multiple sources close to the president and with direct knowledge of the situation told ABC News.
The sources describe the list of potential nominees as very short and including at least one woman. U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen as a leading contender, two sources tell ABC News.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was surely less of a shock to Washington insiders than it was to those of us in the provinces–and it isn’t all that shocking to us. The late Justice was a decade older than Joe Biden, after all. The Federalist Society has candidates queued up. If there is Senatorial will then there is certainly a way. Getting a quasi-originalist confirmed in the next month would be a big morale depressant for Democrat voters, too.
Mitt Romney must be giddy at the prospect of being able to stab Republicans in the back but he’ll need a couple other turncoats besides Lisa Murkowski to go along with him. Even Senators in tough races like Arizona’s Martha McSally are publicly pushing for an expedited nomination. Who knows, maybe showing some spine will actually help the languishing campaigns of Senators like McSally and Susan Collins in Maine.
The Democrats have strongly insinuated that if they retake the upper chamber in November, the filibuster rules on legislation are going the same way Reid sent the rules on nominees seven years ago. When the shoe is on the other foot it’s going to drop–hard–on the necks of Republicans and it’s going to stay there indefinitely. Will the GOP finally start playing for keeps in the eleventh hour?