The comment: The vacancy of the Supreme Court crystallizes partisan shares

The TAKE with Rick Klein

It is tempting to believe, after another earth-shattering development, that everything about the race has been turned upside down.

However, the race may also charge rather than reset.

Trump card will name a replacement this week and the Senate Republicans will try to ratify it this year, perhaps in the lame session of Congress. There was never really any serious doubt, not in the era of Trump.

With the possible exceptions of Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who broke with their party to ask for confirmation to wait until after the election, the promised quick action will tie GOP lawmakers to the ballot this year, like the Senator from Maine, even closer to Trump.

On the flip side, the Democratic press for keeping the seat open is being driven by potential health care, abortion law and franchise ramifications in the run-up to the hotly contested elections.

Even before a nomination is offered, talks have begun of radical steps over the next year if the Democrats take control of the White House and Senate – including expanding the number of judges, eliminating the Senate filibuster, and even adding new states. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi warned on ABC’s “This Week” of “arrows in our quiver” that could delay a confirmation vote.

In his words, Biden tries to “de-escalate” the conversation, Senate Republicans implore Senate to “obey your conscience” on Sunday and keep the seat in Ginsburg open until the election results.

He noticed that too Voting is already in full swing. Somehow, in this year that had it all, the stakes for all involved were increased again.

The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks

Despite Joe Biden’s solid efforts, it looks like it will largely be a grassroots choice after all. The Farewell to Judge Ginsburg has the potential to polarize our politics even more, and even voters who are unsure of their own party may find it difficult to escape the pull into the corners.

It’s a fact that could help some of the Democratic Senate’s half-dozen challengers in highly competitive races in hopes of turning the Senate around. However, it is a reality that could easily hurt others.

Energetic grassroots voters bring money, signs, and volunteers. The renewed limelight from the Senate and its competitive races resulted in a surge of cash from small Democratic donations as early as the weekend.

Vulnerable Republicans who want to easily focus on US government affairs The campaign’s final spurt, being tied up, held down, and labeled in Washington fighting as Capitol Hill hurls to likely confirmation hearings.

The surge could be good for candidates like Mark Kelly in Arizona or John Hickenlooper in Colorado, who are already well known and popular in their respective states.

Kelly has the added benefit of telling voters that he might be able to take a seat right away as the race there is a special election. If he wins, he might make it a little harder for Republicans to ram their way through a vote in the lame duck session.

On the flip side, of course, seated Republican senators get plenty of free airtime, and so far it looks like there are more GOP officers calculate that her best move is to stand even closer to the party and fight to deliver Trump a lifelong appointment to a conservative new judiciary.

Someone like Senator Lindsey Graham may have to eat his own words from four years ago, but he also gets a front-and-center look at the action as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The irony is that the Democrats meticulously picked someone for the top of the ticket who they thought would best get down the aisle and win over disgruntled Republicans. People like Cal Cunningham in North Carolina and Theresa Greenfield in Iowa hope to benefit from Biden’s appeal. The question now is whether those voters willing to move for Biden are just as likely to stick with a Democratic candidate for the Senate while the Supreme Court battle now takes center stage.

The TIP with Meg Cunningham

After Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies and the promise of President Trump to take their place before the electionDemocrats across the country mobilized, signaled their disapproval, and broke records in fundraising.

ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising machine, announced Sunday morning that it has raised more than $ 100 million from at least 1.5 million individual donations since Friday night. On Saturday, they broke a daily record, raked in $ 70.6 million and broke fundraising numbers for an hour.

Crooked Media, the Democratic Group, announced on Sunday evening that they had raised over $ 20 million for their Get Mitch or Die Trying Fund, which is supposed to work to turn the Senate blue.

The Republicans haven’t released their weekend numbers yet, however President Trump countered the staggering number of Democrats with an invitation to voters to buy a T-shirt that said “Fill That Seat”. Arizona Senator Martha McSally and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham were running fundraisers for voters as the debate intensified over whether or not the Senate should vote on another Trump-nominated candidate.


While President Donald Trump continues to herald progress in coronavirus vaccine development, and this week went so far as to promise delivery to everyone in the US by spring, a majority of Americans say they have no confidence in him at all, about the safety of. to confirm a potential vaccination, according to a new ABC News / Ipsos poll was released on Sunday. Less than 1 in 10-9% Americans have great faith in Trump to confirm the vaccine’s effectiveness, while another 18% only state a “good level” of trust. In contrast, 69% have no confidence in the president who vouches for a vaccine, 16% say “not so much” and 53% say “none at all”.


ABC News’ Start Here podcast. Monday morning’s special edition of “Start Here” commemorates Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and assesses the far-reaching effects of her death. A round table of ABC News experts weighs what the loss of Ginsberg means for the Supreme Court and looks at the scenarios in which she could occupy her seat. A political strategist takes a cold, hard look at the choices and whether that throws everything we thought we knew about 2020 out the window. In addition, a director of the documentary “RBG” describes the moments that shaped Ginsburg’s legacy.

FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast. In this emergency edition of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses the ramifications of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what it could mean for the election and the future of the court.


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