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Old 06-30-2017, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
If Ginsburg dies before January 2021 and the GOP still holds a Senate majority, and Trump nominates a far-right justice as her replacement, I don't see any way the Democrats can stop the confirmation from proceeding except to persuade a sufficient number of Republican senators to defect.

The nuclear option has already been invoked, and while protesters could physically occupy the Capitol building to prevent a confirmation vote, that couldn't go on forever. If the Democrats target specifically the Republican senators from blue or tossup states, and especially those with elections coming up in 2018 or 2020, might that suffice to get them to defect?
It will be Trump's court for decades if Ginsburg dies or steps down.

Justice Kennedy, the most moderate of the group is going to step down within a year. He's just waiting for the right time to do it, which could be early 2018.