Legend has it that Dylan Thomas’s last words at White Horse Tavern were: “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies—I think that’s the record.” Elvis Presley said, “I’m going to the bathroom to read.” James Joyce wondered, “Does nobody understand?” Groucho Marx explained,”This is no way to live!” Christopher Hitchens said, “Capitalism … downfall.” From “Et Tu, Brute?” to Steve Jobs’ Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow,” there have been many famous last words. Ruth Bader Ginsburg placed herself towards the top of the pantheon as she dictated to her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” The reaction to that last wish defines America today, and may define it for years to come. Some cut their mourning short to begin the fight to honor RBG’s call. Others surprised no one in an immediate, cynical race to disobey. And Donald Trump, oh Donald Trump, insinuated that she didn’t dictate those words at all. “I don’t know if she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Schumer and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff. That came out of the wind.” I can’t wait until this presidency is gone with the wind. In the meantime, an already contentious election season just got a whole lot contentiouser. Trump to make court pick by Saturday, Ginsburg services set. Winston Churchill’s last words were, “I’m bored with it all.” I doubt anyone who dies during 2020 will end on the same note.

+ Majority of Americans, including many Republicans, say wait for election to replace Ginsburg.

+ Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have said we should wait until after the election. As per usual, this is going to be close. All eyes on Romney, Grassley and Gardner as Supreme Court confirmation fight looms over the Senate.

+ If Republicans Confirm New Justice, Scholars Say Democratic Court Packing Is Possible. (Since the Merrick Garland debacle. court packing has been happening…)

+ How a Mark Kelly win in Arizona Senate race could spoil McConnell’s plans to replace Ginsburg.

+ And finally, in all my years writing NextDraft, I don’t think I ever got more responses than I did following Saturday’s RBG special edition. I didn’t see that coming: Ruth Hashanah.