In Kansas City and across the nation there was really only one relevant discussion today: The fate of the republic following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Again, our only relevant contribution to this debate is that the overwhelming majority of opinion on this issue has neither influence nor insight into the decision.
Still, it has been fascinating to watch the discourse consider the future of the high court via memes, thinly veiled social media threats along with a great many impassioned local arguments.
Accordingly, we share some of our favorite news links on the topic and invite our blog community to join in on the discussion.
Kansas City Supreme Tribute
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. Soon after the announcement was made, politicians with ties to Kansas and Missouri began posting statements on Twitter or sending them out.
Cowtown Health Concern Amid High Court Debate
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 from pancreatic cancer, a highly metastatic form of the disease that spreads easily to other organs. It can make for a tricky and deadly opponent for many cancer patients.
Kansas City Legal Eagle Blogger Pens EPIC Tribute
If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was just another female lawyer, I would still have an affinity for her, but she was so much more. RBG WAS A BRILLIANT PIONEER WHO PROMOTED GENDER EQUALITY BEFORE HER TIME. She was amazing person, an amazing jurist, and had a brilliant legal mind.
Red State Agenda Revealed
Even as they offered condolences to the family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Missouri and Kansas Republicans vowed Saturday to push forward on filling the high court vacancy. Just a day after her death, President Trump on Saturday urged Senate Republicans to move "without delay" to replace Ginsberg and it appeared that he could nominate a successor as early as next week.
Prez Trump Promise
President Donald Trump on Saturday said that Republicans have an "obligation" to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant seat on the Supreme Court "without delay," as Democrats argue the Senate should refrain from confirming a replacement until after the next president is sworn in.
GOP Unity Displayed
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who once said he wouldn't confirm a President Trump Supreme Court nominee in an election year, announced Saturday that he's changed his mind on filling the high court vacancy. Trump on Saturday said Republicans have an "obligation" to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death Friday of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "without delay."
Show-Me Bold Statement
Josh Hawley on Ginsburg vacancy: I pledge to vote for SCOTUS nominees who acknowledge Roe was wrongly decided
A few hours before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was announced, Sen Josh Hawley, R-MO, repeated to KOLR his earlier statement that he was not interested in an appointment to the nation's highest court, despite being placed on a list of candidates by President Donald Trump.
Veep Nominee Pays Respects
Sen. (D-Calif.), the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee, visited the Supreme Court Saturday following the death of Justice . "Justice Ginsburg was a titan-a relentless defender of justice and a legal mind for the ages," she tweeted with a picture of her and her husband, Doug Emhoff, standing in front of the court.
The donations came in as Mitch McConnell made clear that he would attempt to replace Ginsburg with a Supreme Court Justice who was vetted and approved by President Donald Trump.
GOP Equal Time
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has become the first Republican senator to call for the Senate to delay voting on a new Supreme Court justice until after voters choose the winner of the 2020 election. "In fairness to the American people ...
WASHINGTON - Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge, has emerged as one of the front-runners to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three sources tell NBC News. Barrett, 48, was on the shortlist in 2018 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy when President Donald Trump ultimately selected Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Pack It Up, America!!!
It's an approach Democrats are already raising. Simple, right? Time for a reality check. It's true that Congress can shape the size of the Court to its political desires. In 1866, with a Congress at permanent war with President Andrew Johnson, it passed the Judicial Circuits Act, which cut the size of the court from nine to seven, and barred Johnson from appointing any new Justices.
You decide . . .