Republicans should be careful for what they wish

Much has been said about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87. I’m not likely to add much to the discussion, which has been mostly predictable and predictably frustrating.

To his credit, President Trump’s first comments upon learning of Ginsburg’s death were some of the more-presidential words he has said as president. I’m not sure how that happened.

Within hours, however, the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and some other Republicans were publicly commenting — almost gleefully — about the prospects of replacing Ginsburg, an icon of the left who spent much of her career fighting for equal rights for women. Her death creates an opportunity for Republicans to create a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court that could last for generations and may jeopardize the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade and other important issues.

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