Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body was scarcely cold before the liberal media began politicizing her passing. NBC News posted an headlined “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish: Not to have Donald Trump choose replacement.” I mean, what kind of ogre to you have to be to ignore an old woman’s dying wish?
A better question is what kind of ogre to you have to be to make political capital on an old woman’s death by fudging with what she said and when she said it? According to NPR, which was NBC’s source:
Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” [Emphasis added]
A few observations: First, I have some trouble with NBC’s conflating dying wish with “something a person says days before his death.” The difference is subtle but significant. Second, Ginsburg’s granddaughter, who is a fellow of Equal Justice Works, a D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on careers in public service for lawyers and a champion of abortion rights, is pretty liberal herself. How can we be sure that the “fervent wish” she shared with the press wasn’t her own? Third, why should the far-left Ginsburg get a say in what president nominates her replacement? I don’t recall the media running a story about Antonin Scalia’s dying words in 2016, nor should they.
It is true that Mitch McConnell issued a statement just over an hour after Ginsburg’s death was announced indicating that a nominee, who has not been named, “will receive a vote on the floor.” He should have waited, even though time is of the essence in what may be the most bitterly waged presidential campaign in history. Certainly Chuck Schumer wasted no time adding his two cents:
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.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
The fly in Schumer’s reasoning is that we may not have a new president after the November elections.