It was nearly impossible on Saturday to separate the tributes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from the immediate political jockeying over whether Republicans will force through a nomination with just 45 days until the election, after refusing to do so for months after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Here’s how the key players in the Senate have indicated they would move on the vacancy on the Supreme Court:
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, on Friday before news of Justice Ginsburg’s death:
I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.