J. V. L. writes:

If Trump and Senate Republicans are defeated in the election, but then try to replace Ginsburg before leaving office, the political retribution would be incalculable. The Democratic party would believe — with good reason — that there are no limits to majoritarian rule.

Meanwhile there’s a lot of this going around on among the left on social media:

These are similar mindsets (not that Last is endorsing the retribution he’s predicting).

To what degree should our government be guided by this sort of hostage game?

There are a few complexities in this situation, but the following points seem to be pretty simple:

  1. Republicans were either operating within their political rights to withhold a vote on Garland or they weren’t. I don’t have an opinion here.

Throwing half-baked ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks.