“Trump would much rather campaign on the Supreme Court than a referendum on … his handling of Covid,” Republican strategist Alex Conant told them.
On Monday, the Republican National Committee sent talking points to party state officials – targeting Trump’s evangelical and conservative base – declaring that Trump has “an obligation to fill the seat” and that his judicial choices “will respect the Constitution and the rule of law. ”
Court vacancy could also play an important and unpredictable role in Senate races, which the Republicans hold by a narrow majority of 53-47.
Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the Lincoln project, a group of Republicans and former anti-Trump Republicans, said pressuring a candidate would jeopardize the party’s control over the Senate.
“The whole analysis that it’s good for Republicans is wrong. It’s not good for Republicans. It’s terrible, ”said Schmidt, who helped steer the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito during the George W. Bush years.
Reuters / Ipsos poll released Sunday found 62% of adults in America want November presidential winner to name new justice, while 23% disagreed and the rest said they were not sure.
The Lincoln Project announced a television advertising campaign targeting Senator Lindsey Graham, who is seeking re-election in South Carolina.
Graham opposed Barack Obama’s efforts to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat in 2016, arguing it was inappropriate to do so during an election year. The Republican of course reversed his point of view in 2020 and said he would support any move by Trump to occupy the Ginsburg seat.
A Democratic Senate strategist who asked not to be nominated told Reuters the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee would be pumping money into races that could impact any vote on Ginsburg’s replacement, including in Colorado , or Senator Cory Gardner is vulnerable.