“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg assumed that a new president would be installed in January. In any case, we can help to forestall the hypocrisy of confirming a Supreme Court nominee to replace her before the election or the inauguration.
Here’s what you can do.
Contact all the U.S. Senators to demand they hold the seat open until after the 2021 inauguration by insisting that Democratic senators …
… refuse unanimous consent for every item that comes to the Senate floor;
forcing Republicans to appear for quorum calls
… boycott the nomination hearings in the Judiciary Committee
… promise retribution, in the form of adding seats to the court and eiminating the legislative filibuster, if the nomination goes through
These tactics, which were used to defeat the Affordable Care Act repeal vote in 2017, could provide a chance, however small, to extend the process past the election. A post-election vote could allow Democrats to gain a vote if astronaut Mark Kelly wins his Arizona Senate race in a special election that would put him in office at the end of November.
These tactics are also laid out in a memo written by Senate procedural experts circulating among Democratic offices.
Here’s how you can do it:
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121
Call and email the Senators at their offices: senate.gov/senators/contact
Contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
Washington Phone: 202-224-2541
District Offices: 502-582-6304, 859-224-8286, 859-578-0188, 606-864-2026, 270-781-1673, 270-442-4554
Contact Form: mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform
Call and email the Senators from New York:
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Use Resistbot to contact Senators:
Text RBG to 50409
Send RBG in a direct message to Resistbot on Twitter.
Sign the MoveOn Petition to Not Fill RBG’s Seat Until After the 2021 Inauguration at the above link.