Let’s push that old bitch under the bus!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

New York Birdcage Liner:

Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court’s future: President Barack Obama is defeated for re-election next year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench.

The new Republican president appoints Ginsburg’s successor, cementing conservative domination of the court, and soon the justices roll back decisions in favor of abortion rights and affirmative action.

But Ginsburg could retire now and allow Obama to name a like-minded successor whose confirmation would be in the hands of a Democratic-controlled Senate. “She has in her power the ability to prevent a real shift in the balance of power on the court,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Irvine law school. “On the other hand, there’s the personal. How do you decide to leave the United States Supreme Court?”


David Garrow, a Cambridge University historian who follows the court, said Ginsburg’s situation points to an institutional problem for the court, “the arguably narcissistic attitude that longer is better.”

They don’t come out and say it but the message is clear: WWTSBQ?

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31 Responses to Let’s push that old bitch under the bus!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Ann Althouse:

    Wow! How much of this kind of moral pressure is being applied to the venerable Justice?

  2. angienc says:

    I suspected SCOTUS hand-wringing was going to be how the Obots were going to try to get the wimmenz in line for 2012. Nice to have it confirmed.

    BTW — McCain is still alive! I love pointing that tidbit out to Jeralyn, et al who were hand-wringing about him dying & Palin becoming POTUS.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Between her over-the-top defense of rapists and mass murderers, her rabid case of PDS and the way she dove headfirst into the Koolaid bucket I have no respect left for Jeralyn.

  3. Lola-at-Large says:

    Hysterically, the all-male cast of “Get that Ginsburg Bitch off the Bench” actually think this kind of criticism will work because she’s a woman. It will not. She’s impervious because she’s had to be. One of the many reasons I love her.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Not to mention that women tend to live longer than men – she may outlive all the male justices currently there.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        I hope she’s still on the court when she’s 104. Wouldn’t that be something?

        • 1539days says:

          With all due respect, I don’t like this trend of Justices being nominated at 50 (Roberts) and serving into their late 80s. I think a quarter freeakin century is quite enough of a term. In Ginsburg’s case, there’s still another couple of presidential terms to go.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          You’re allowed your opinion, but the Constitution would have to be amended to change it. I’d prefer to see the ERA adopted before we go messing with anything else.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        I especially love how they basically called her “narcissistic.” It’s like they know nothing at all about the woman. Oh, wait….

  4. 1539days says:

    Dick would certainly enjoy that outcome. He already appointed two women to the court. This would be his chance to nominate a dude. Ooh, how about Eric Holder?

    • djmm says:

      Since women are over 50% of the US population, I think there should only be women appointees to the SCOTUS bench until there are at least 4-5 of them. I prefer 5, of course…


  5. Well, it’s early days for Ginsberg to encounter such a deadline. Even if Obama were defeated in November 2012, he’d still have a couple of months to quack. If he wins in 2012, then she’s got a total of 6 years from now before any deadline.

    But otoh, the fact that Ginsberg is hanging in, might mean that she doesn’t trust Obama….

  6. angienc says:

    But otoh, the fact that Ginsberg is hanging in, might mean that she doesn’t trust Obama….

    I’ll take door 2. I was privileged to hear her speak in a small forum at my law school in NOLA on the anniversary of the 1972 case she argued (and won) in the US 5th circuit that allowed LA women to serve on juries (yes, 1972 — we haven’t come that long a way, baby). She is one smart woman — I have no doubt she sees Obama for exactly what he is (and hint: it ain’t “Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s rolled into one” for us women).

    • sandress says:

      Word, Angie. I’m hoping she sees past him and holds out. I’m not bashing Sotomayer here, but I can’t see O putting anyone even remotely liberal on the bench. So she might as well stay where she is and write a few more opinions.

  7. Dario says:

    I agree that’s no way to treat a lady, but don’t be surprised if Ginsburg quits before year end.

    • djmm says:

      It may depend her pancreatic cancer status. She was one of the very few lucky people whose pancreatic cancer was operable:

      “For those whose tumor is still small enough for surgery, there are a couple of “binary” possibilities, he says. The surgery could cure Ginsburg. Or the tumor could return, which, if it happens, usually occurs between one and three years afterward. Once pancreatic cancer recurs, the patient usually dies within a year.

      “For most patients, the cancer does come back, Hecht says. But based on the limited information the Supreme Court put out, Hecht says her situation sounds good and “she has a reasonable chance for cure.” Patients in whom the cancer is found before symptoms begin typically do best, he explains.”


      It was 1cm in the center of the pancreas (small but not in a good place) and she had no symptoms. It has been over 2 years, so there is some hope that the surgery cured her. If not, and the cancer returns, then she may step down.


  8. Anonymous says:

    I wish they concentrate on getting Thomas to leave.

  9. jjmtacoma says:

    I wish they would work on getting Thomas to leave.

  10. WMCB says:

    I wonder if this asshat realizes that Breyer is only 6 years younger than Ginsberg. Since women on average live 7 years longer, he should hit the dust before she does, statistically.

    Why is he not suggesting that Breyer get HIS ass out on the iceberg?

    • myiq2xu says:

      If people on the left are worried about SCOTUS appointments they should throw Obama under the bus and nominate Hillary – she can beat anybody the GOPers put up against her.

      • djmm says:

        If we can’t have Hillary as President, we could have her on the Supreme Court!!!!


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