Yes, I know it’s all stressful. I have actually gone on a twitter/reddit freeze because I just cannot after hearing of RBG’s passing.
But I am on a lot of email lists and they are pushing as hard as they can to delay the Supreme Court nomination for as long as possible. And we all (in the US) need to help. We need to call our Republican AND our Democrat senators and ask them to delay the nomination until January. This may not actually delay the nomination, but it could, and more importantly, delaying it means we’re more likely to end up with a Roberts (still too conservative, but not batshit crazy evil) than with a Kavanaugh (drunken misogynist). It will also change the media narrative from “who is he going to pick” to “will he be allowed to pick?” Republicans need to know that they’re on notice and Democrats need to be able to point to all the calls they’re getting. Every call is important, every call matters. You can call during the day and talk to someone or you can wait until after hours and leave a message. You can send in a fax. These are all good options.
Now I’m going to quote from an email from Celeste_P with more information.
Call your Senators, and let them know that we cannot confirm a Supreme Court justice until the next Congress is in office.
(this is to avoid a lame duck session appointment)
Right now, the balance of power in the Senate is 47 (45 Dems + 2 independents) to 53 Republicans.
So, we need FOUR GOP Senators to essentially agree they won’t move forward with any nomination. Here’s our current math:
1. Murkowksi has already said she won’t vote.
So we now need three. This can be three sitting Republicans (e.g. Romney or Collins, the latter of who has given a loophole-filled statement) OR if Mark Kelly is elected and takes his seat before the end of November – we would then need two more. Does that make sense?
But because this is all up-in-the-air math, we should:
1. Continue calling all Senators. Full stop.
2. And please, please – stick with calling your own Senators.
I know this is so much easier said than done right now. I know we also all really want to also go yell at GOP Senators. But GOP Senators need to hear from their constituents on this, and random non-constituents calling will not help – e.g. see Susan Collins using non-constituent calls to justify her eventual Kavanaugh vote.
Because we’re also deep into the election, GOP senators will also use non-constituent calls for ads and fundraise – so let’s not inadvertently give tools to GOP candidates right now.
You: Hi, my name is [name], I’m calling from [zip code].
You: I’m calling to demand [SENATOR] commit to NO Senate confirmation vote until after the November election. We are 45 days out from our next general election.
Using previous SCOTUS nomination precedents including the blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, I want [Senator] to confirm they will let the next Senate take this step.
You: [Optional comments]
Celeste P doesn’t send out emails very often, but when she does they are extremely helpful. Here’s a link to get on her mailing list: https://tinyletter.com/Celeste_pewter . Her twitter feed also has regular actions.
Indivisible emails more frequently, maybe once or twice a week (probably half action/half fundraising). Sign up here: https://indivisible.org/signup
If you’re a US citizen, let us know in the comments how you contacted your senators today!