The Monday Memo

Not knowing the truth doesn’t make you ignorant. Not wanting to know the truth is what makes you ignorant. –Anonymous

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Fundraising
  • 200,000

RUTH BADER GINSBURG:

It’s not very often that a President will get to nominate three judges to the U.S. Supreme Court in four short years, but unfortunately, it looks like President Donald Trump will get that chance with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.

Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 96-3. That was back in the day when there was not as much partisanship as there is today. I miss those days.

Among conservatives voting to confirm Ginsburg was Conrad Burns of Montana, Bob Dole of Kansas, Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Before Justice Ginsburg’s body was cold, there were posts on social media about what Mitch McConnell said when there were several months left in President Obama’s last term when Justice Scalia died on February 13:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” 

Democrats complained, but they also thought that Hillary Clinton was a lock to be the next President. Surprise!

Right after Ginsburg’s death, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took McConnell’s statement and put it in his tweet:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

McConnell sent out his statement after the passing of Ginsburg saying:

In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.

President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.

So is Mitch McConnell an ass for supposedly changing the rules? You bet, but he is in the majority. If you have followed McConnell over the years as I have, you know that he plays for keeps and he is cutthroat.

Unless four Republican senators jump ship, Trump will get his third seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. His third nominee will most likely turn the court to the conservative side.

There’s going to be some big-time bitching, griping, complaining, and maneuvering in the next few weeks from the Democrats. I doubt it does any good.

FUNDRAISING:

It did not take too long after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the fundraising emails to start flying into my inbox.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) who is in a tight senate race sent out a couple of emails that I caught saying:

“With a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats are preparing to BLOCK and OBSTRUCT President Trump’s next nominee and I need your help.”

The Trump/Pence campaign was busy sending out emails asking for donations as well as the groups who support them.

The Democrats were busy, too. Newsweek is reporting that Democratic fundraising site ActBlue received $100 million in small-dollar donations since Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Her death has left one Supreme Court seat vacant and immediately gave rise to a partisan conflict over when to nominate her successor.

200,000

USA Today reported that the United States was on the verge Sunday of surpassing 200,000 coronavirus deaths as experts warned the total could double by year’s end.

According to John Hopkins, there are 199,474 deaths in the USA at the time I posted this column with 6,699,276 cases.

Montana saw a record number of cases last week. There were three days where Montana had over 200 cases. (Source)

Voluntarily social distancing and wearing masks is not working. We may need to shut things down again and make it mandatory.

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