Replicas of Ginsburg's famous "dissent collar" -- the bib necklace she frequently wears when dissenting with a Supreme Court opinion -- sold out before it even went on sale. According to Politico, after Ginsburg missed these oral arguments, the White House began to reach out to "political allies and conservative activist groups" in order to begin work on selecting her potential successor.
The White House has told allies at the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to ready for another potential hard confirmation battle, Politico reports in an article relying on unnamed sources.
But should she not return for the February 19 public sessions, there will likely be renewed concern for the liberal justice's future.
Due to the 85-year-old Ginsburg's recent health issues - including broken ribs and another cancer scare - senior aides within the White House are licking their chops at replacing the liberal icon and changing the direction of the nation's highest court for generations.
The Supreme Court's Public Information Office announced on December 21 that Ginsburg "underwent a pulmonary lobectomy" in New York City. "According to the thoracic surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation".
"I wouldn't say she's exactly on my side, but I wish her well I hope she gets better and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many years", Trump added. She previously was a Georgia Supreme Court justice, a Georgia solicitor general and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. There is no question the president would replace the left-leaning Ginsburg with a solid conservative, which would swing the court to a 6-3 conservative majority, a thought that horrifies the left.