Immediately in the wake of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, all-out political warfare has broken out across the nation.
With a majority of lawmakers now split along party lines. Caught in the ideological struggle whether to act and advance the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice before this November’s election.
Though a number of Republicans in the Senate have indicated they will not simply fall into place. Among them are Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, as well as Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. Plus GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Who drew the ire of President Donald Trump on Saturday.
Collins in the middle of a contentious fight to stay in office against home state Democrat Sara Gideon. As it stands Collins reported to be trailing by double digits in the polls. She traditionally has experienced a tepid relationship with Trump. Yet may be a much needed ally for him in the hunt for a Red October.
President Trump has made it clear he hopes to move ahead with proceedings and nominate a new candidate soon. He even expressed as much on Twitter over the weekend. Trump telling he intends to proceed ‘without delay.’
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Beyond that is a range of potential prospects being floated as possible nominees. A current piece by Politico takes a look at some of them currently under consideration for the role.
Pres. Trump announced on Saturday. “I could see most likely it would be a woman, yeah, I think I can say that. It would be a woman. If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in the first place, yes. The choice of a woman I would say would certainly be appropriate.”
The leading conservative candidate said to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett serves on the United States Court of Appeals, 7th circuit. The 48-year-old federal judge from Louisiana nominated by Trump and confirmed in October of 2017. “There’s a presumption that the leading short-lister is Barrett,” a Senate GOP aide told.
Barrett, a devout catholic seemingly favored in right wing religious circles. Still it appears as if she might face some stiff competition.
Another name that is currently circulating: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa. Judge Lagoa serving the 11th Circuit based in Atlanta, Georgia. The 52-year-old Sunshine State native previously sat on Florida’s Supreme Court.
“Justice Lagoa is perfect,” one source stated. After discussing the matter with White House officials but not authorized to speak on record. “The president wants a conservative jurist and he wants to win the biggest battleground. How do Democrats in the Senate vote against a Latina?”
A second source added, “Lagoa is at the top of the list. She checks a lot of boxes.”
The report further includes Allison Jones Rushing, an appeals court judge in her late 30s would be among the youngest justices ever to serve on the court. Judge Rushing with the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. She was picked by the president and voted in March of 2019.
In addition, there is Alison Eid with the U.S. Court of Appeals. She sits on the 10th circuit panel set in Denver, Colorado. Eid, a 55-year-old Stanford graduate promoted from the Colorado state Supreme Court.
Along with Judge Bridget Bade, also with the 10th circuit United States Court of Appeals. Bade hailing from the state of Arizona. An alumni representing the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Trump recently had released a revised list including his latest preferred picks. Included were Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, a staunch constitutionalist and proud carrier of the conservative torch. As well as young bloods Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley of the GOP.
While saying it was “an immense honor” Cruz signaled that he would decline the nomination. “It is not the desire of my heart. I want to be in the political fight. I want to be fighting to nominate and confirm three, four, five principled, constitutionalist justices. But that’s not where I want to serve. I want to stay fighting right where I am in the U.S. Senate.”
Cruz a one-time adversary of Trump dating back to his bid running for president four years ago in 2016. Since then it seems that fences have largely gotten mended between them.
A nominee potentially to be announced as early as this week.