Morning Jolt: Some Counterfactual Thinking

Election Day is one week away. Can you believe it? On the menu today: contemplating what would be different, and what would be the same, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg had retired in 2013 instead of staying on the Court until her death earlier this year; a couple of flubbed words on the campaign trail; yes, people really are announcing Senate bids . . . for the 2022 cycle; and Mike Bloomberg procrastinates.

What If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had Retired in 2013?

Back in July 2013, President Barack Obama had lunch with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then 80, the Supreme Court's oldest justice, and a cancer patient. Imagine if instead of vaguely alluding to the midterm elections, and subtly hinting Ginsburg should retire, Obama had been direct: "My party is probably going to get thrashed in the upcoming elections, we're going to lose our majority in the Senate, and I will be unlikely to appoint a like-minded successor to you on the Court. If you really care about preserving our mutual vision for America and its values, you need to retire sometime ...

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WITH JIM GERAGHTY October 27 2020
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WITH JIM GERAGHTY October 27 2020
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Some Counterfactual Thinking

Election Day is one week away. Can you believe it? On the menu today: contemplating what would be different, and what would be the same, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg had retired in 2013 instead of staying on the Court until her death earlier this year; a couple of flubbed words on the campaign trail; yes, people really are announcing Senate bids . . . for the 2022 cycle; and Mike Bloomberg procrastinates.

What If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had Retired in 2013?

Back in July 2013, President Barack Obama had lunch with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then 80, the Supreme Court's oldest justice, and a cancer patient. Imagine if instead of vaguely alluding to the midterm elections, and subtly hinting Ginsburg should retire, Obama had been direct: "My party is probably going to get thrashed in the upcoming elections, we're going to lose our majority in the Senate, and I will be unlikely to appoint a like-minded successor to you on the Court. If you really care about preserving our mutual vision for America and its values, you need to retire sometime ...   READ MORE

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