What can you say about Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)? Yeah, I know, but I mean something I can actually publish on RedState.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday blocked an amended resolution honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, objecting to language Schumer attempted insert about her reported “dying wish” — as related to the media by her granddaughter — that her successor not be chosen until a new president is installed.
In other words, Schumer tried to pull a Schumer.
“Republicans came to us with this resolution, but it ignored Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish — what she called her ‘most fervent wish’ — that she not be replaced until a new president is installed.
“So we simply have added it to the exact same text of the resolution that the Republicans gave us.”
To paraphrase Hillary, what difference does a “most fervent wish” made by RBG have to do with anything? The U.S. Constitution is not the tooth fairy, nor does it say anything about the “wishes” of anyone.
Schumer on Sunday made the same meaningless partisan argument during a joint photo-op appearance — at the NYC high school both he and Ginsburg attended — with the real head of the Democrat Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has also lost
what little her mind over RBG’s death. “Let this moment radicalize you,” she rallied her socialist groupies on Instagram the night Ginsburg died.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” —RBG
I’m standing with @AOC at James Madison HS—RBG’s alma mater and mine
Dems are united in fighting to honor RBG’s last wish and all that’s at stake for health care and Americans' rights pic.twitter.com/C3dqm0So8J
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 21, 2020
As reported by The Times of Israel, here are the details pertaining to how Ginsburg’s “dying wish” reportedly came to be.
Her granddaughter Clara Spera told BBC Newshour in an interview on Monday that she had personally taken down the request from Ginsburg and verified with her that she understood it correctly.
“In the final days of her life, I asked my grandmother if there was anything she wanted to say to the public, to anyone, that wasn’t already out there,” recalled Spera, a lawyer.
Ginsburg said there was.
“I pulled out my computer and she dictated the following sentence to me. She said: ‘My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.’”
“I read it back to her and she was very happy with that,” Spera said.
“When I asked ‘is that it, is there anything else you’d like to say?’ she said ‘the rest of my work is a matter of public record.’ So that’s all she wanted to add.”
Anyway, back to the Senate.
Schumer continued to go full-metal-jacket Schumer, hyperbolically attempting to conflate Leader Mitch McConnell’s “kind words and lamentations” about Ginsburg and her accomplishments with the notion that the Senate should simply ignore the procedure for filling vacancies on the Court as proscribed by the Constitution and grant RBG’s wish, as if the Senate were Oz and McConnell the wizard.
“All the kind words and lamentations about Justice Ginsburg from the Republican majority will be totally empty if those Republicans ignore her dying wish and instead move to replace Justice Ginsburg with someone who will tear down everything she built.”
Schumer singled out abortion, gay marriage, union rights, and healthcare as the main issues he fears “will crumble under a Trump-appointed justice.”
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2020
Cruz correctly noted that the amendment to the resolution went too far by adding language “purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed.”
Cruz, being the constitutionalist he is, in effect said both Schumer’s attempt to insert the language and Ginsburg’s wish were irrelevant.
“Specifically, the Democratic leader wants to add a statement that Justice Ginsburg’s position should not be filled until a new president is installed, purportedly based on a comment Justice Ginsburg made to family members shortly before she passed. […]
“That, of course, is not the standard. Under the Constitution, members of the judiciary do not appoint their own successors.”
“Unfortunately, the Democratic leader has put forth an amendment to turn that bipartisan resolution into a partisan resolution,” Cruz added.
Lest you doubt my comments about the hyperbolic ways of Chuck Schumer, here he is telling reporters that McConnell’s “actions” — following the U.S. Constitution — “may now very well destroy the institution of the Senate.” Chucky being Chucky. Doesn’t get any better.
Sen. Chuck Schumer: “Leader McConnell’s actions may now very well destroy the institution of the Senate.” pic.twitter.com/rZenE3SFsB
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2020
At one point, Cruz flipped the script on Schumer, suggesting adding a statement to the amendment that instead noted the fact that Ginsburg opposed packing the Court, which Schumer and other leading Democrats have threatened to do if Republicans replace her.
Chucky recoiled in horror, of course.
“Justice Ginsburg would easily see through the legal sophistry of the argument of the junior senator from Texas. To turn Justice Ginsburg’s dying words against her is so, so beneath the dignity of this body.”
Chuck Schumer — of all people — denouncing the dignity of anything or anyone is tantamount to Michael Moore jumping ugly on a gymnast for drinking a sugar-free smoothie after a strenuous workout.
Here’s video of Schumer and McConnell’s remarks on the Senate Floor.
Check out my other pieces from earlier today: