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originally posted by: StoutBroux
Maybe Trump should start naming prospects for her replacement and if questioned, demand proof of life.
originally posted by: imitator
Someone should post a reward for anyone that can prove RBG is alive!
If I had a million dollars I would... . : P
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Yeah, I don't think she's dead.
I do think it entirely possible that she is completely incapacitated (in a coma, naturally or medically induced) and only alive in terms of having vital signs; even if those vital signs are kept going due to mechanical intervention.
The late Antonin Scalia waved off the idea of limiting the terms of justices as “a solution in search of a problem,” but the problem is not an imaginary one: Some justices really have clung to their positions long after their mental faculties have left them. Justice Henry Baldwin remained on the court for nearly a dozen years after his 1832 hospitalization for “incurable lunacy.” One of Justice Nathan Clifford’s colleagues described him as a “babbling idiot” in the final years before his death in 1881. Justice Stephen Field in the mid-1890s and Justice Joseph McKenna in the early to mid-1920s each reportedly spent the end of their tenures in a haze.
“Mental decrepitude” on the Supreme Court has continued into the modern era, as historian David Garrow has documented. Frank Murphy, who served in the 1940s, was likely addicted to illegal drugs by the end of his tenure, and his biographer wrote that “on at least one occasion,” with Murphy in absentia, his law clerk and two fellow justices “jointly decided what Murphy’s votes should be.” Justice Charles Whittaker teetered on the brink of nervous breakdown for much of his five-year stint on the court in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Hugo Black stayed on for more than two years after his wife concluded in 1969 that “his mentality has been impaired.”
Nor was Black the last justice whose mind slipped while he was still on the bench. In 1975, his last year on the court, William O. Douglas was so severely disabled by a stroke that his fellow justices agreed to delay any decision in which Douglas’ vote could swing the outcome. Justice William Rehnquist developed a dependence on a sedative that caused him to experience hallucinations during withdrawal; at one point in late 1981, he tried to escape from George Washington University Hospital in his pajamas. Rehnquist recovered, but two of his colleagues—Lewis Powell and Thurgood Marshall—faced doubts about their mental capacities at the tail end of their careers.
The history of cognitive decline on the high court teaches two lessons. First, there is a real risk of a substantial time lag between the onset of mental deterioration and a justice’s retirement. But second, and as important, this is a risk that can be contained. No justice—no matter how deranged—can do serious doctrinal damage without the acquiescence of at least half his colleagues. And when a justice is so utterly incapacitated that he is unable to break 4-4 ties, the court can continue to function with an even number of active members. Originally, the court had only six justices; during the Civil War, it had 10; and it has functioned fine with eight members during prolonged vacancies. Indeed, there are notable virtues to having an even number of justices—one of them being that it then takes more than a knife’s-edge majority to overturn a lower court decision or strike down a law nationwide.
originally posted by: Halfswede
Let's just play with this conspiracy for a bit. What could they possibly hold out for? They can't go on for a year and pull the lame duck delay card. There would have to be another angle--something in the very near term that they would cling to and keep her frozen.
The only thing that winds up as a win is a Dem in the WH to nominate only lib SCOTUS replacements. That means both Trump and Pence removed. The only possible move that they could be holding out for is a Mueller report of apocalyptic proportions (not going to happen...not even close).
But considering the complete disassembly of rational thought on the left lately (Green Deal, full-term abortions, etc.), maybe they actually believe their own narrative.
Edit: Or maybe ... I didn't think of this -- thank you interweb -- searching for body double-- somebody that can continue to work from home and make blurry appearances.
originally posted by: TDawg61
If she is alive why can't she send a picture,video or even a phone call to dispel all the rumors?
originally posted by: Wardaddy454
a reply to: Lumenari
No one is gonna wanna be the one to bring forth impeachment proceedings against frail and sickly RBG. The public backlash would be enough that you might as well commit seppuku.