I woke up to this news today…
Could 2020 get any more crazy and significant? This year’s roller-coaster ride keeps going endlessly on. Before you start forming an opinion, it’s good to remember the history that surrounds the nominating and installing of US Supreme Court justices.
Three Supreme Court Justices, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, were confirmed by the Senate within 45 days of their formal nomination date.
According to Senate records, Justices Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, and Sandra Day O’Connor were all confirmed in a short period of time. Stevens’s confirmation in 1975 took 19 days, O’Connor’s confirmation in 1981 took 33 days, and Ginsburg’s confirmation in 1993 took 42 days.
While many have speculated who President Donald Trump will nominate to replace her spot on the Court and questioned whether there is enough time before the election for a nominee to be confirmed, many are confident that the Senate will be able to confirm someone in less than the 46 days until the election.
“Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term,” wrote one Twitter user, including a graph showing 15 justices who were formally nominated and then confirmed in less than 110 days.