With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the race to replace the vacancy her death has created is now the issue that will dominate the 2020 presidential election.
President Donald Trump has already announced a list of potential replacements for any future vacancies on the court, including some very qualified jurists, and two Conservative members of the U.S. Senate, Sens. Tom Cotton (R) and Ted Cruz (R).
Conservatives around the nation would love to see a hardcore conservative be tapped to replace Ginsburg, so the fact that Sens. Cotton and Cruz are on Trump’s shortlist of candidates is political music to Republican ears and a drum roll of doom and gloom for Democrats.
If President Trump picks Cruz to be his nominee, the political implications would be massive.
Remember, Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas and argued before the Supreme Court, and served as Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s law clerk.
During Trump’s Minnesota rally Friday night, the president joked about Democrats confirming him just to get him out of the Senate.
“Ted is the only guy I know who could get 100 votes from the Senate,” said Trump. “They’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate.”
Cruz, whose Conservative, pro-Life bona fides are beyond reproach and would cement a fifth and deciding vote on the court, would be nothing less than a doomsday scenario come true for Democrats and pro-Choice Progressives around the world.
If and when Cruz is confirmed to the court, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) would then be tasked to appoint his replacement, a replacement that would finish out the senator’s six-year term in the Senate. Cruz’s term expires in 2024.
Gov. Abbott’s pick is crucial for Republicans to retain control of the Senate, and of all the potential candidates to possibly replace Cruz, there is really only one candidate that would not only be more than capable of tackling the job of Senator but would become the loudest voice in that chamber of Congress for Conservatives across the nation — Allen West.
West is content with running the Texas GOP, but the potential opportunity to become the next senator from Texas will be hard to pass up, especially if running for higher office is still an option for the retired Army Lt. Colonel and former U.S. Congressman.
You couple the fact that he is a fundraising machine, and commands the respect and allegiance of millions of Americans across the country, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) would be hard-pressed, not to welcome Allen West with open arms.
“Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
All eyes are on President Trump to make his pick, but even though Cruz would be the best bet for Republicans to succeed Ginsburg, he may not even want the job.