What’s at Stake in the Fight Over RBG’s Seat
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FEATURING COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER – The second woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, shocking the nation. After a lengthy battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, the feminist icon and trail blazing jurist passed away at 87, leaving behind one dying wish: that her replacement would be chosen until after a new President was chosen.
But within hours of her death Republican Senators began expressing glee and planning a replacement to be voted on a lightning speed. Typically, it takes several months for a President to pick a nominee and for the Senate to hold hearings and a vote. The election is less than 50 days away.
Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science at Brown University. He is the author of When the State Speaks, What Should It Say: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality, as well as The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents. His latest book, published September 8th is Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Selection.