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September 19, 2020

God love her, she gave it her best shot. Ruth Bader Ginsburg tried to outlive the Wankmaggot’s first (and let us sincerely hope only) term in office, but yesterday she left us for the cocktail party in the sky.

It was a heavy burden for an octogenarian to bear, carrying the future of women’s rights in the US on her narrow shoulders.

Some time ago I taped, but had never watched, the Oscar-nominated documentary simply called RBG. Last night, after I heard the news of her death, I finally watched it and now recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it – if for nothing else than the besotted expression on the face of Joe Biden during the confirmation hearing for her Supreme Court appointment in 1993. Or for the sight of her laughing uproariously when shown for the first time Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of her on Saturday Night Live.


Oh, and for so much more than either of those things. Her improbable friendship with arch conservative justice Antonin Scalia, the cases she fought and won, her long and very happy marriage to a man who put her career ahead of his. It’s a fascinating portrait of this Jewish woman from Brooklyn who wanted to be a lawyer and ended up on the Supreme Court, the unlikely Notorious RBG icon of young women in the US and around the world.

It’s an extraordinary testament to the role of Ginsburg in the American psyche that Donald J. Trump reacted to the news of her death sounding initially like an actual human being. (That soon changed.)

Not so that turd Mitch McConnell, who started dancing on her grave long before there was time to bury her.

Everyone remembers McConnell flat out refusing to even consider Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court in February 2016, stating that it was an election year and the American people must have their say before the next justice was appointed. It was, of course, fucking outrageous, but he got away with it.

Now, of course, it’s a different story. Now McConnell’s in a shocking yet ever so predictable rush to fill Ginsburg’s space on the Supreme Court. Not with nine months before the election is held, but with six weeks.

Before everyone completely loses their shit (I, for one, did think my head was going to explode when he made the announcement that the Wankmaggot’s pick would be fast tracked through the senate confirmation process), I don’t think he’s going to get away with it.

Of the 53 Republican senators who make up the majority, it only needs four people to put the kybosh on this breathtakingly hypocritical and indecent plan.

Lisa Murkowski got in before McConnell even spoke to say it was unconscionable. According to the BBC – although I can’t find confirmation of this anywhere else – Susan Collins has actually gone on record as saying the next justice should be nominated by Biden if he wins the election. (Way to go on your way out the door, Suzy!) I’m reasonably confident Mitt Romney can be relied upon to do the right thing.

That means only one more (assuming the BBC’s report isn’t just wishful thinking) Republican senator needs to grow a conscience and a pair.

I briefly indulged in a bit of wishful thinking of my own. I briefly thought it might actually be possible that Lindsey Graham, who, believe it or not, I once quite liked, might suddenly remember that he’s supposed to be Christian facing the options of heaven or hell and have a come to Jesus moment. Yes, he was all for stymying Obama’s nominee in 2016, but he did also say this in an interview in 2018: “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the next election.” Wishful thinking indeed. Lindsey Graham is going straight to fucking hell.

But surely there is one. One Republican senator who can still recognise gobsmacking hypocrisy when they see it. There has to be.

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  1. krysross permalink

    Someone pointed out that she could have retired during Obama’s term (at 80) and let him appoint someone like-minded, but younger. Guess they thought Hillary was a shoe-in,

    • Ginsburg was confident Hillary would win. She really wanted her replacement to be chosen by the first female president. Sometimes life is a real kick in the face.

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