The biggest fight in American political history may be just months from occurring.
That’s according to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
His prediction about the Supreme Court could lead to political Armageddon.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Cruz issued a stunning prediction.
He claimed a second Supreme Court vacancy could occur within months.
Sen. Ted Cruz suggested Thursday that another seat on the U.S. Supreme Court will open up this summer, though he offered nothing to explain this premonition.
On stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Cruz also predicted that such a vacancy would prompt liberals to “go full Armageddon meltdown.”
“I think we’ll have another Supreme Court vacancy this summer,” said Cruz, a Texas Republican who fought against President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination last year. “If that happens, as much as the left is crazy now, they will go full Armageddon meltdown…”
…Cruz also isn’t the first to suggest that another seat could open up before Trump leaves office. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of the Court’s liberal wing, is 83; Kennedy is 80. And President Barack Obama appointed two justices over his first term.
Democrats appear to have backed off their threat to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination because he is filling Antonin Scalia’s seat.
That would maintain the current balance of the court.
If Kennedy – or one of the liberal justices – were to retire, Trump would have the opportunity to appoint a judge who would solidly tip the court to the right.
That would be the fight to end all fights.
Democrats would almost certainly filibuster and the Republicans would be faced with options.
They could scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
Thanks to rule changes rammed through by Harry Reid in 2013, Supreme Court nominees are the only ones who require 60 votes to end debate.
With Republicans holding 52 seats, they would need the votes of eight Democrats to crack a filibuster.
Republicans could use their majority to change the rules to eliminate the filibuster and confirm Trump’s nominee on a simple party line vote.
The GOP also has a second option.
Senate Rule XIX – or the “two speech” rule – states that a Senator can only give two speeches on a legislative day.
Once a Senator has spoken twice, they are not allowed to give another speech.
A legislative day ends whenever the Senate adjourns.
It is not the same thing as a calendar day.
If the Republicans kept the Senate open, Democrats would eventually run out of speeches.
Then the rules allow the GOP to move to a simple majority vote to end debate on the nominee.
This rule is not used often, but it has been used in major fights.
The “two speech” rule was how the Senate overcame a filibuster to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
The Democrats would fight to the last drop on a second Supreme Court vacancy.
However, the GOP has the means to end their obstruction.