The internet was very sad and kinda all over the place this week, as was I. Highlights: RBG died, how the US Senate fails its citizens, queer theory, when do models own their image, the real Paris Hilton, Enya, an oral history of Wishbone, remembering Jimi Hendrix 50 years after his death, Kanye’s Universal contract, and banning TikTok and WeChat.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87. Ginsburg, a feminist icon and champion of gender equity, had been battling cancer over the past few years. She served on the court for 27 years, “becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.”
According to NPR, days before her death, Ginsburg told her granddaughter, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” This situation recalls the summer of 2016, when Mitch McConnell blocked consideration of President Obama’s Justice picks following the death of Antonin Scalia, citing the upcoming presidential election. McConnell is not likely to take the same tack this time: “Instead he will try immediately to push through a Trump nominee so as to ensure a conservative justice to fill Ginsburg’s liberal shoes, even if Trump were to lose his reelection bid.”
It is too soon to know how this will play out. But if filling Ginsburg’s seat can be delayed, and if Democrats can win back the Senate and the presidency in the coming election, then voting for Biden/Harris (not my ideal ticket) is better than having Ted Cruz or Tom Cotton on the bench.