What could be a worse occurrence on Rosh Hashanah than losing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? RBG was such a judicial legend that she passed into meme status. She was unabashedly liberal, unabashedly feminist, unabashedly committed to civil rights. If ever there was a liberal lioness, it was she.
With RBG's passing, there is no doubt that the Republicans will try to seat another Justice of the Supreme Court despite their howls in 2016 that the President should not nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Principles? Those are for suckers! Suddenly, the next four months are much more fraught, and the country is already overstressed. If Biden wins in November, there will be talk of packing the Supreme Court with more justices (the current tally of 9 was set in 1869) to remedy decades of Republican dirty trickery regarding judicial nominees. I have to confess, though, that I am legitimately freaked out when I ponder the conventional line of thinking that the survival of the society in which I've grown up depended on the continued survival of a single elderly cancer survivor, no matter how celebrated.
The shock has worn off, we're in the mourning period, but the time for fighting is upon us. The early voting figures in Virginia and Minnesota seem promising... it's up to us to deluge the Orange Ogre with so many votes that the election cannot be stolen. We lost RBG, we'd better not lose America.