After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time in her career, Republicans began gearing up for a new judicial battle.
The 85-year-old justice missed oral arguments for the first time in her 25-year tenure on the bench as she recovers from surgery removing cancerous nodules from her lungs.
Ginsberg is a three-time cancer survivor, and Republicans have taken her absence as a signal to begin preparations for nominating a new justice.
As much as we love RBG here at Iron Triangle Press, we have to acknowledge the fact that she had the opportunity to resign under the Obama administration and allow him to appoint a Democratic successor.
Yes, there is a chance that that could have ended up the same way that the nomination of Merrick Garland played out, but at least it would have occurred before Trump gained the presidency rather than in the middle of one of the most tumultuous administrations in U.S. history.
Now, the aging justice faces the acute possibility that she will be forced to resign due to her ailing health while Trump is still in power, opening up the court to a 6-justice conservative majority, the strongest in decades.
Following the immensely controversial confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it is likely that Democrats will pull out all the stops to prevent such a majority from coming into power, as it would drastically shape the future of American law for decades to come.