A wave of grief and sadness followed the news of the death of beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In these troubled times her death is another devastating loss. It is appropriate to mourn her, but she would not want us to despair. To honor her we need to commit to the causes to which she dedicated her life. Her last wish was that a new Justice not be appointed until after Inauguration Day 2021.
In 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings on Obama appointee, Merrick Garland, because the vacancy came within a year of an election. Even though we are even closer to an election this time with some states like Virginia already voting, McConnell has announced that he will rush Trump’s nominee through the Senate. Some Republican Senators, as Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) already has done, may make the morally right choice not to overturn the precedent McConnell set in 2016, but others may make a political calculation that rushing to appoint a new Justice would harm their chances to win in November.
Let’s try to convince the later group that supporting McConnell would harm them politically. Email the following Republican Senators to say that you support waiting until the new president is inaugurated before a new Justice is appointed. To do otherwise would be the height of hypocrisy.
Cory Gardner - https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory
Lindsey Graham - https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-senator-graham
Mitch McConnell - https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform
Then, if you are able, send a contribution to their opponents, because campaign donations send a message too.
John Hickenlooper - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jwh-ads-200401-search-dd
Jamie Harrison - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_harrison_fr_q12019_jaime-a
Amy McGrath - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/amymcgrath2020