Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

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Apparently there has been a Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year 29 times, and on all occasions a nomination was made, although not always successfully.

"A president can always make a nomination for a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter how late in his term or how many times he has been turned down; the only thing in his way is the Senate."

There is no violation of any law here, but there is something called a 'norm': "Norms are crucially important. If parties cannot trust that the other side will abide by established norms of conduct, politics devolves rapidly into a blood sport that quickly loses the capacity to resolve disagreements peaceably within the system. Those norms are derived from tradition and history."

Which is what we are seeing now, a situation that is particularly notable as Republicans blocked an Obama High Court nomination in 2016, the argument being that "The American people deserve to have a say in the selection of the next lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

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Very interesting reading indeed.
 

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