According to Politico, the Trump administration is preparing a short list of replacements for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has missed oral arguments all week while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous spots on her lungs.
The White House “is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process,” said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. “They’re doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren’t caught flat-footed.”
Ginsburg has staunchly held on to her position on the court, telling people she will remain on the job as long as she can and this is the first time she has missed oral arguments in her entire career.
According to the article, the names on the short list to replace her are mainly women, including “Amy Coney Barrett, Sixth Circuit judges Joan Larsen, Amul Thapar, and Raymond Kethledge; Eleventh Circuit judge Britt Grant; and Third Circuit judge Thomas Hardiman; and Neomi Rao, Trump’s current nominee for Kavanaugh’s old seat on the D.C. Circuit Court.”