Well, I have decided not to despair yet. We sane people have a few options.
If Democrat Mark Kelly wins in Arizona’s special election - which is a good bet - he would be in place to assume his Senate duties before the November election. That would allow him a vote if a Supreme Court justice is nominated. And he will absolutely vote “No” to confirmation. Added to his “No” vote, a while back Alaska’s Independent Senator Lisa Murkowski has pledged to NOT confirm a justice if one is nominated before the election, because she said it would be “unfair” seeing what happened in Merrick Garland’s situation. If we could get 2 more GOP senators to do the right thing, the justice would not be confirmed.
And secondly, if a justice is confirmed and the Democrats win in November, we can - and probably will - increase the size of the Supreme Court to 11 or 13 and “pack the court” with justices of our choice. This was tried by FDR and rejected as improper. But after the GOP literally stole a seat on the court from Obama, this option would no longer be improper, but NECESSARY to show that cheating will have consequences.