Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the oldest Supreme Court justice at 80 and has twice beaten cancer, including of the almost always deadly pancreatic variety. But she has no plans to leave the bench despite pressure from some liberals who want her to retire while Obama can still name her replacement.
At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench.
In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election.
I admire, as I always have, Ginsburg’s toughness. But it’s a hell of a risk. If a Republican wins in 2016, she would either have to wait until at least 2020 to retire, making her nearly 90, or even 2024. If she could not, she would be replaced by a Republican president and the effects would, as the last few years have made clear, be not just bad but probably catastrophic.