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Politics With court pick fight, Democrats find their galvanizing issue

21:12  21 september  2020
21:12  21 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait

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Their voters have historically shown higher interest in the court , and may already regard Trump’s A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday found that 62% of American adults, including half of Pre-Existing Conditions. Health care is an issue where Democrats hold a consistent advantage with the electorate.

The supreme court was considered a “very important” issue with 70% of Trump voters in 2016 There are signs, meanwhile, that Trump’s courts power grab has motivated Democrats mightily The proportion of Democratic voters rating the supreme court as a “very important” issue has grown from

Democrats have never been adept at making the Supreme Court a campaign issue. I suspect that is about to change.

a large wooden bench in front of a building: With court pick fight, Democrats find their galvanizing issue © Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States With court pick fight, Democrats find their galvanizing issue

For so long, Republicans have made picking Supreme Court justices and federal appeals court judges a galvanizing issue, even to the point that many conservative Republicans hold their noses and support Trump based on this matter alone. That is how much they prize having a conservative-leaning court that they hope, at some point, will overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Now Senate Democrats boycott meeting Supreme Court pick Gorsuch - even though Democrats are in disarray over how to handle Trump's very traditional Supreme Court pick . 'For a lot of voters in these red states, the future of the Supreme Court was a galvanizing issue ,' said Steven Law, head

Resist President Trump’s radical court picks , from the Supreme Court on down. This is both a sprint and a marathon. But even if Senate Democrats pull out all the stops, the political reality is that Republicans have been far more effective than Democrats at galvanizing their base around the

The death of liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has agitated the political cauldron, and it remains to be seen just how this ingredient that was just poured into the election mix will affect the outcome.

A poll conducted prior to Ginsberg's passing found that a majority of Americans, including most Democrats, believed that a vacancy should be filled by the current president. But that poll question was asked as a hypothetical.

A more recent poll, taken after the justice's death, tells a very different story. Most Americans now believe the Senate should wait to confirm a justice until after the election. Only 28 percent of registered voters in this poll said Trump should fill the vacancy before the election.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and other Democrats argue that what Republicans said during the more than 200 days that they denied President Obama's 2016 Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland a hearing should apply now. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republicans argued that since it was an election year, "the American people" should decide who gets to pick the next Supreme Court justice.

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But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court .

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But McConnell and many other Republicans are flip-flopping, urging Trump to make a quick pick and committing the Senate to a vote for Trump's nominee.

In a now awkward quote that's gone viral, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told us to use his words against him as he argued that a Supreme Court vacancy should never be filled in an election year. In a show of shameless hypocrisy, he is reneging on that statement and urging a Trump nomination.

Democrats must use the moment to energize their base and talk urgently about what is at stake. The new poll mentioned above, and the record amount of money raised by progressive online fundraising website Act Blue - more than $100,000 per minute in the hours after RBG's death - shows that this can finally be the galvanizing issue for Democrats that it has been for Republicans for so many years.

Vulnerable Republican senators should be concerned. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), in a tough reelection fight, has already said she believes the next justice should be picked by whoever wins in November and opposes holding a Senate vote before the election.

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Trump’s eventual Supreme Court pick , Democrats are pivoting to frame the confirmation battle as an issue in fall elections that will decide control of Congress. Both have expressed support for Roe v. Wade, and last year they displayed a willingness to split with their party when both voted to defeat the

Democrats gear up for a fierce and probably losing fight against Trump’s court pick , whoever it is. And now, with the impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, they and the rest of the right will be rewarded with the second nomination of Trump’s first term to the land’s highest court .

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has also said she believes whoever wins the presidential election should nominate the next justice.

Other vulnerable Republicans are no doubt eyeing these developments to see what would better improve their political fortunes - to support a president who lags in the polls or to oppose a vote until after the election.

Why would Democrats be energized now? Because so much is at stake, including the fate of the environment, of millions of "Dreamers," of workers' rights and of the Affordable Care Act and the millions who depend on it for health coverage, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

But reproductive justice is perhaps the most glaring right that is at stake with the next Supreme Court nomination. Since 1973, when the Supreme Court decided Roe, which struck down most state restrictions on abortion, many Republicans have been waiting to nix that decision.

Biden and Democrats should take nothing off the table. If Biden wins in November but Trump and Republicans succeed in ramming their nominee through during a lame-duck session, Democrats should expand the Supreme Court and the appellate courts. The backlog of court cases is enormous; more judges are sorely needed.

Democrats will be galvanized and energized to fight for a Supreme Court that works for all Americans and a judiciary that protects the rights of everyone who lives in this great country.

Maria Cardona is a longtime Democratic strategist and was co-chair of the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws committee for the party's 2020 convention. She is a principal at Dewey Square Group, a Washington-based political consulting agency, and a CNN/CNN Español political commentator. Follow her on Twitter @MariaTCardona.

Democrats eye expanding Supreme Court if Trump's nominee is confirmed .
Democrats are furious that Republicans may confirm a Supreme Court nominee ahead of the election.In 2016, Republicans in control of the Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to the court, Merrick Garland, from even receiving a hearing, leaving the Supreme Court with only eight justices for over a year. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans argue that the court must have nine justices ahead of the November election.

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