The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg highlights the stark contrast between President Donald Trump and Democrat candidate Joe Biden. The president plans to promptly select a woman from his published list to fill the post within days. Biden refuses to name a single candidate — leaving voters in the dark about the country’s future lifetime appointments should a Democrat reach the White House.
Trump has effectively narrowed the field to the women on his list. These are leading candidates and why the GOP-held Senate would likely confirm before year’s end.
1: Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Widely considered a frontrunner, the 48-year-old former Notre Dame law professor was nominated and confirmed (55-43) to the Seventh Court of Appeals in 2017. Her academic pedigree rivals any on the American landscape, and her devotion to conservative principles fits seamlessly with the White House and GOP.
Barret clerked for beloved U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia before earning a position as a professor of constitutional law and the federal court system. Her Catholic faith irked Democrats during her appeals court confirmation hearings, most notably California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Although a pro-life conservative, Barret stated she was not inclined to overturn Roe v Wade, believing firmly in precedent. However, her fact-based position that “taxing” Americans for not buying Obamacare is unconstitutional has liberals fuming.
Barret possesses one of, if not the sharpest legal minds in the country. She’s a conservative worthy of filling the great RGB’s post.
2: Judge Barbara Lagoa
If President Trump and his discussion with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conclude that they will need the help from moderate Democrats to confirm, Lagoa offers a palatable alternative. The 52-year-old judge was appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Trump with an 80-15 mandate in the Senate.
The Miami native made her bones in the court fighting for others of Cuban heritage, taking on high-profile cases pro bono. Should the president nominate Lagoa, Democrats would lose their identity politics cover and be forced to choose or deny the first Cuban-American a position on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lagoa certainly possesses the legal insight for the lifetime post and is considered the go-to nominee if McConnell checks his vote list and needs to reach across the aisle.
3: Judge Allison Jones Rushing
In ordinary times, 38-year-old Judge Rushing would rank among the favorites to serve on the high court. We do not live in ordinary times, and Rushing faced fierce Democrat opposition during her Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmation. She was seated on the bench by a 53-44 vote. Her clerkships with three conservative judges — Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and U.S. Circuit Judge David Sentelle — only added to the radicals’ anger. Her alignment with the Christian non-profit organization Alliance Defending Freedom makes her a high-value target of the far left.
Although capable of filling the vacancy for decades, Rushing ranks among the least likely to garner a single Democrat vote and lose Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Utah RHINO Mitt Romney.
4: Judge Bridget Bade
The 54-year-old was recently elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which leveled the playing field in the notoriously liberal court. The former Arizona U.S. Attorney is considered among the field of candidates, but not necessarily a leader.
The president understands that elevating her to the high court now would diminish the balance in the “Nutty Ninth.” With weeks until the election, President Trump could not promote her and also fill the Ninth vacancy should Biden win the White House. The president and Democrat candidate are locked in a tough campaign with little margin for error. In an off-election year, Bade could rival Lagoa and Rushing, but perhaps not Barret.