I was deeply saddened by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Accordingly, I am writing to strongly urge Sens. Romney and Lee to vote against the appointment of her replacement prior to the inauguration of our next president. The obvious argument for a delay is simply one of consistency and fairness — President Obama, in unprecedented actions by Mitch McConnell and the Senate, was denied the opportunity to appoint a justice to a vacancy that occurred in his term. The argument was that it was “too close to an election” and the “people have to decide,” even though we were about nine months from the election at the time. To appoint a replacement for Justice Ginsburg now, at a point when early voting has actually begun in some states, would reek of monumental hypocrisy and a double standard for political gain.
More profoundly, we are at a crossroads in our country, as this presidency has trashed decency, civility and a lengthy list of stabilizing norms — the very rule of law and the notion that no one, not even the president, is above the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg represented a dissenting voice on an increasingly “conservative’ court” — a voice that spoke out loudly and clearly for the rights and equality under the law of all citizens: women, racial minorities, LGBTQ persons and immigrants, to name a few. She was also a protector of our sacred right to vote. Our nation cannot afford to have her replaced by persons of the (poor) quality that the Senate has been ramming through in its appointments to the lower levels of the federal judiciary.
Simply stated, the country needs another RBG in order ensure the rights of all of us, especially the marginalized.