A Republican-led Senate has not approved a Democratic-chosen Supreme Court nominee since 1888. There have only been 14 justices confirmed during election years in the past. None were confirmed after July before an election. The People should choose.
In March 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to justify denying a vote on Judge Merrick Garland:
“All we are doing is following the long-standing tradition of not fulfilling a nomination in the middle of a presidential year.”
Democrats have won the popular vote in 6 of the last 7 presidential elections. The last time the people chose the Republican candidate was 2004. Four, and now possibly five, of the current justices were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote. Since the Nixon administration began in 1969, Democrats have appointed just 4 Supreme Court justices, while Republicans have appointed 15.
The nomination of alt-right Judge Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fired up women from both parties. Donations surged to eye-popping levels in states from Maine to Alaska. The Democratic donation platform ActBlue was handling more than $100,000 in pledges each minute.