To me, the arguments for nominating someone immediately:
The arguments against:
- There's a high probability that there will be legal fights in several key states, requiring the SCOTUS to weigh in
- In case Trump does not win, we need to get a majority of conservatives on the high court
My vote is no, Trump should not nominate anyone before the election. As I've said numerous times, this election is all about voter turnout. Right now, Biden looks like a bumbling fool, and many Democrats and independents that don't like Trump are not motivated enough to even vote. If Trump tries to push a nominee through, the leftwing media will have a feeding frenzy, casting him as a dictator, as trying to take over all of government. This will motivate the low-information idiots who were going to stay home to vote for Biden. I'd say even a few Trump voters may be turned off.
- Democrats will be outraged, and will be more motivated to vote, no matter how bad Biden is as a candidate
- Since Garland's nomination was held up by Republicans in 2016 (in March, 8 months before the election), this will look like Trump and Republicans trying to pull a fast one
Sure, we all know there's a high probability of legal challenges winding up in the high court. But I believe if Trump keeps calm and doesn't try to do anything risky in the last month of this campaign, he stands a better chance of winning, and winning by a margin that won't require long, drawn out legal fights.
While I was campaigning for TRUMP in 2016, I was astonished at just how many people I met who were voting for DJT solely on the grounds that he'd be better positioned to appoint conservative SC judges than leftist Hillary Rodham Klinton.
Let President TRUMP do the job he was elected to do and never give an inch to appease the obstructionist Left. When you obey these principles, US politics becomes more clear and the nation is much better off as a result.