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NightlyPoe said:
sundin13 said:

Yeah, I'm trying to think about what this means for the election and it is hard to say. I think it may motivate some Progressives, but we also have to assume that it will motivate the pro-life crowd. 

I feel if Republicans try to brute force this, it will help Democrats in the election, but if they wait its a toss up imo

Well, no matter what, no one will be confirmed before the election.  It takes about 2 months to confirm a justice.  Even if a nominee happens tomorrow and everything is expedited, we're still talking about late-November.  Nevermind, all the time off the Senate will be taking off between now and January to run for election and holiday breaks.

As for "who it helps", it's probably Republicans.  What Trump needs is for the people who don't like him but generally disagree with him to vote for him.  There's nothing that brings wayward Republicans back into the camp than the court.

Susan Collins just got one heck of a headache though.

While they wouldn't get confirmed before the election, I don't believe there is anything technically stopping them from confirming someone in the lame-duck session beyond precedent. I think there are too many Republican senators who would stand in the way of that, but it is hard to say for sure. If Republicans think they are going to lose, they might do a suicide run.