One key factor makes it invaluable to fill the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat immediately. And Democrats can thank themselves for this.
To understand why, imagine this analogy:
World Series Game Six just ended. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied, three wins each.
With shockingly little respect for baseball’s institutions, the liberal-minded Red Sox unilaterally change Game Seven’s rules.
The more conservative, traditionalist Yankees complain loudly, but in vain.
They must play the deciding game the Sox’s way:
—Any Red Sox batter may try to steal first base. If he succeeds, he earns a base hit, and may advance from there.
—It takes four strikes, not three, to retire Red Sox.
—Red Sox runners who reach third base may stroll home, unchallenged.
—No winner will be declared until at least two weeks after Game Seven, especially if the Yankees are ahead.
—Meanwhile, the Red Sox may review Game Seven videos and request score-boosting rule interpretations.
—Fearing chaos, the Yankees insist that (at a minimum) every umpire’s post be manned until a final decision.
Like the Red Sox in this thought experiment, Democratic governors and Left-wing judges have invented their own self-serving, Game-Seven rules changes:
—They are surging mass mail-in ballots with few safety precautions.
—Witness-signature requirements have been diluted or dropped.
—Signature-verification standards have been weakened.
—Postmark requirements have been diminished or dumped.
—Ballots can arrive and be counted six days after Election Day in Wisconsin, nine in North Carolina, and 14 in Michigan.
—North Carolina began delivering absentee ballots on Sept. 4 — 25 days before the first presidential debate and 60 days before Nov. 3. During the two months preceding Election Day, stored ballots could be abused, shredded, or snatched. Absent malice, they could be damaged or destroyed in floods, fires, or hurricanes — as were criminal records and pre-trial evidence in 2005, when Katrina flooded law-enforcement facilities in New Orleans.
—Humiliated Democratic presidential wannabe Michael Bloomberg is raising funds to pay the fines of and restore voting rights to 32,000 ex-felons in Florida. The multi-billionaire’s money-for-votes scheme seemingly violates state and federal law.
—Partisan-activist ballot harvesters in California, Nevada, North Carolina, and other states will grab votes by the armful. Will they faithfully submit them or remove those marked "the wrong way?" Only God knows.
The caution that poll workers display at precincts nationwide is yielding to carelessness, as mass-mail-in ballots spread promiscuously around the country.
Republican officials revealed Friday that some 1,400 Virginians received two ballots each. This included 1,000 voters in heavily Democratic Fairfax County, 300 in the city of Richmond, and 100 in Henrico County.
Mass mail-in ballots sever the chain of custody between voters and election officials, as if with bolt cutters. Underscoring this fact, federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced Thursday that they are probing nine mail-in military ballots discarded and recovered, seven of them favoring President Trump.
Not to be outdone, Wisconsin authorities began investigating Monday’s discovery of three U.S. Mail trays, including absentee ballots, in a ditch near the Appleton Airport.
Democrats blame "Donald Trump" and his "non-response" to COVID-19 for the "need" to inflict these last-minute rules. Never mind the Trump-accelerated production of ventilators, field hospitals, test gear, and vaccine candidates. The only fix that should have been required was for those who fear COVID-19 to be free to request absentee ballots.
These would reach specific, live voters who would cast them with little controversy.
Instead, conniving Democrats turned the China virus into an excuse to drown voters in some 80 million mass-mail-in ballots fire-hosed to everyone on often-dated rolls.
Unrequested live ballots are landing in the mailboxes of the apathetic, the relocated, and the deceased. These orphan ballots can be adopted by cheaters, submitted, and counted — with little worry of prosecution.
Even assuming universal honesty, the U.S. Postal Service could let 3.2 million out of 80 million mail-in ballots disappear and still meet its 96% delivery standard for political and electoral mail.
If so, enough voters to populate Utah would be disenfranchised, and candidates — from presidential nominees to aspiring aldermen — could be swindled in four time zones.
Thus, Democrats have poured the foundation for total political hell, yet another national crisis, and perhaps the opening salvos of Civil War II.
Disaster-mongering Democrats now insist that Ginsburg’s seat remain vacant, to honor her dying wish that "a new president" (Joe Biden) replace her.
The Constitution has no Dying Wish Clause, as Democrats instantly would insist, if a conservative justice expired after whispering his dying wish that "the current president" replace him.
Unfortunately, this Democratic Party-created election calamity could reach the Supreme Court.
The high court might need to settle a Pennsylvania recount, weigh the votes of Florida’s ex-felons, or evaluate ballots that materialized in Michigan a fortnight after Nov. 3.
And what if the eight living justices deadlocked, 4-4?
Normally, a lower-court decision would trump any challenge thereto. But what if the Supreme Court had to endorse either a Ninth Circuit ruling that embraced late ballot-arrival deadlines or the Eleventh Circuit’s declaration: "What part of midnight on Election Day don’t you get?"
A 5-4 decision would bless all of these latter-day ballots or banish them all.
But if the Supreme Court of the United States voted 4-4, neither circuit would triumph.
A coast-to-coast question mark would haunt this land.
The American people rightfully would blame such a catastrophe on the ever-destructive Democratic Party. Again: Republicans engineered none of this.
This situation is 1,000 percent the handiwork of diabolical Democrats.
So, the very least that Democrats can do is stand down, accept precedent (among 19 jurists nominated during presidential election years, when one party controlled the White House and the Senate, (17 — 89.5 percent — were confirmed), and let Republicans fill Ginsburg’s seat.
May America enjoy a full crew of umpires for the Democratic Party-concocted cataclysm that likely follows.
Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Read Deroy Murdock's Reports — More Here.
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