Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Noah, Colbert, and Meyers mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg and decry the rush to fill her seat

Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. She was at least as important as Chadwick Boseman and U.S. Representative John Lewis, so she deserves her own obituary entry. It would hurt too much to deliver it straight, so I'm letting the comedians deliver the news to soften the blow, beginning with Trevor Noah's eulogy, The Inspiring Life Of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Here’s the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court, a fierce human rights advocate, and an American icon.
That was a stirring tribute from someone whose primary goal is getting his audience to laugh, which is why I placed it first — that, and it having the best preview image. Yes, I do use such shallow criteria for ordering my videos. By the way, reacting to losing to John Oliver at the Emmy Awards will show up again over the jump.

Speaking of going first, The Political War Over Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat actually was the opening segment of last night's episode of the Daily Show, but I decided that the fight over Ginsburg's seat should take second place to the life of the woman herself.

Following Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Republicans pivot on their earlier stances by saying a vote for her replacement should proceed soon, and Democrats push back and threaten to retaliate if the confirmation happens before the election.
Describing what Republican Senators are doing hypocrisy actually gives them some moral credit, as "hypocrisy is the tribute vice gives to virtue." At least hypocrites know what virtue is. I don't think that applies to Trump. I suspect he thinks a lot of vices are virtues, so he's not even a hypocrite. As for intellectual consistency, he doesn't care. Steve Bannon had to take Trump's statements on foreign policy and convert them into an ideological position. Trump couldn't do it himself.

Follow over the jump for the tributes from Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers.

Colbert opened his show last night with Saying Goodbye To Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, An American Hero, combining both a tribute to Justice Ginsburg and a scathing examination of the scramble to fill her seat.

Stephen Colbert pays tribute to a true icon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Late Show writer Eliana Kwartler weighs in with thoughts on what Justice Ginsberg's legacy means to American women.
Colbert's eulogy was more personal, because he met Ginsburg and exercised with her. Apparently she got the better of him. He also shared the spotlight with his writer Eliana Kwartler, who got in some great lines, including an apology for losing to John Oliver at the Emmy's. I told you that would return.

I close with Seth Meyers, who concentrated more on the outrage over the unseemly haste to replace the late Justice in Trump and GOP Rush to Fill Ginsburg's Seat Despite 2016 Hypocrisy: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at Republicans rushing to fill the Supreme Court seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and force through a conservative supermajority that will help them cement minority rule for a generation.
I share your anger, Seth. I hope my readers do, too. Remember, today is National Voter Registration Day. If you want to vote in Justice Ginburg's memory, be sure you're registered. If you're not, register, either at one of today's events or through TurboVote. If you are, Get #VoteReady.

I'll be back later today with a post about the Autumnal Equinox and all the other days that fall on September 22nd. Stay tuned.

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