I've always understood that the Republicans were merely sticking with Trump to use him, and that there is no love lost between them in many cases. However, I used to be surprised they had not abandoned him sooner. Like, why not dump him early in 2020 and try to save their jobs? But now it's clear — the ideological ones knew that there was always a good chance of a third, generation-impacting SCOTUS seat. And now, they have it. Amy Coney Barrett was rammed through, was approved less than eight days before the national election, and that is that. She is wildly anti-reproductive freedom, anti-LGBTQ, anti-voting rights, anti-ACA, and we all know it. And she is about to show it.
Now, we are going to have to look very seriously at expanding the Supreme Court. It's not a snap-our-fingers prospect, but has been done and is both constitutional and only fair. We will also have our work cut out for us legislatively. If the Court invalidates same-sex marriages and eliminates the constitutional right to abortion, kicking it to the states is not good enough. We will have to fight on every level to preserve people's rights. Which sounds ... exhausting.
But let's remember: Anything can happen. (This goes both ways. Like, Thomas could retire now and they could get a fourth Trump justice by January. Or Trump could win, which is unlikely, and they could get a fourth, fifth and sixth. Or, on the other hand, Biden could win and Amy Coney Barrett or any other justice could drop dead; we simply do not know what the future brings.) Anything can happen, but the wind is at our backs in every other regard; let's make sure Biden/Harris, with the mandate I hope they will have in a week, will take full advantage of it.