After the passing of supreme court justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg, the question arose: should President Donald Trump elect a new Supreme Court justice before the presidential election? The O’Colly obtained statements from members who have been involved in College Republicans and College Democrats who shared their opinions on this:
Michael Baughman, a junior marketing major at OSU who is a registered Republican:
“The tragic death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shocked the country as we lost a brilliant judicial scholar and a pop culture icon. While I did not agree with a number of her stances, I immensely respected her service to the bench on the highest court in the land. The president however, has a constitutional obligation to fill that vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Since we do not live in a dictatorship, the Senate as well, has a constitutional obligation bestowed by the people to check the president's power. Many have pointed to Senate majority leader Mitch McConell’s actions in 2016 when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland and Republicans blocked his nomination from getting to a vote. The people elected a Republican Senate during Obama’s last year to check his power. I would say the exact same thing if the people elected a Democrat Senate in 2018. It is all up to who has control of the Senate and the White House. If the country had elected a Democrat Senate and a Republican president, then they would have to negotiate on the pick. The people, right now, want conservative justices on the bench, justices who look at the constitution as set and stone that can only be amended by congress, that is why they elected a Republican Senate and a Republican President.”
Sam Barron, a senior agriculture business major with a pre-law emphasis and a minor in legal studies at OSU who is a registered Democrat:
"In light of the recent passing of progressive Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, all politically-inclined eyes will be trained on the senate and their upcoming confirmation hearings once a nominee is announced, which President Trump said will happen Saturday. With Mitch McConnell leading the Republican controlled senate, progressives fear there is little they can do to stop President Trump from creating the most conservative Supreme Court since the 1950s. Unfortunately, they are correct. Trusting McConnell to conform to his own precedent set in 2016 during the infamous Garland blockade is a fool's errand. That leaves Democrats with very few options, given that Republicans already have the 51 necessary votes to move to the hearing stage. On one hand, they could continue to call on the preservation of our country’s “norms” as they have throughout Trump’s term. This strategy has yielded little success. On the other hand is a more interesting option. If the House of Representatives were to vote to impeach President Trump a second time, the confirmation process would likely be ground to a near standstill, potentially buying the Democrats enough time to vote Trump out of office. It would be a petty move, but given what’s at stake, it may be the only feasible option left. If I were a House member, I would certainly be urging Speaker Pelosi to do this."