History says Democrats have a weak hand

By Edward Achorn

Moments after news broke that 87-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died Friday, the threats and posturing commenced.

We were told that the Democratic justice’s dying wish was that the open seat on the Supreme Court be left vacant until next year, when a new president takes over (possibly a Democrat with a Democratic Senate).

Democratic leaders promised to retaliate if the Republican president nominated a successor and the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed her before the election. Or, as the media put it, if Republicans “jam through” a nomination.

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