Don’t say I didn’t warn you about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, several readers said, will never resign from the Supreme Court so long as Trump is around to replace her. But that may not be up to her. A bulletin just in; click on the screenshot to go to the story:

Let’s hope she’s tough enough to return to the bench!


  1. Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Why does this happen to the good people and not assholes like Clarence Thomas?

    • mordacious1
      Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      So, you want Trump to replace Thomas with a conservative Justice in his/her forties? I don’t think you’ve thought this through.

      Also, your statement is kinda mean. I don’t like Feinstein, but I’d never wish her harm.

  2. GBJames
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I’d send a prayer if there was any sense is doing such a thing.

    • Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      I’m sacrificing some chili-cheese bratwurst this lunchtime to positively affect her health.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted November 9, 2018 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      I’m just wondering how well a line of Flying Spaghetti Monster (SBUHMB) chocolate-covered prayers would sell? Or mixed centres (with appropriate allergy warnings – I’ve seen the prison sentences handed down) which have been touched by the Noodly Appendage, but not by human appendages.
      Combination of a box with a built-in mouse trap mechanism to detach unauthorised fingers.

  3. Nicholas K.
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    This is the kind of thing I worried about.

  4. darrelle
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Not good. Broken ribs are very serious for the elderly. The Republicans could have the opportunity to place 1 or even 2 more SCJs over the next 2 years.

  5. Jim Danielson
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    This is what I kept pointing out to ‘never Hillarys’. If RBG leaves the bench the right will have the court for decades and it may never return normal.

    The majority of progress made on combating voter suppression by the right has been through the courts. Trump and Republicans have been busy stuffing all the appointments they prevented Obama from filling, not just SCOTUS.

    Republicans have become overt and blatant in their suppression of minority voters. After all they have no down side. Their base supports voter suppression and there is never any sanctions against the perpetrators. Even when caught it’s often not adjudicated until after the election, giving Republicans more years to control and manipulate the voting system.

    The USA is a first world country with a third world voting system.

    • JezGrove
      Posted November 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Agreed, sadly.

  6. mordacious1
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Poor thing. She’s been looking very frail lately. Hopefully, she retires and focuses solely on getting better. The nation will survive without her.

  7. W.T. Effingham
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    It wasn’t very long ago when she made an appearance (cameo) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and shared her workout routines. While nothing stood out as being super human, she does seem to have some stamina and range of motion. Here’s hoping her ribs and overall constitutional fortitude speed her recovery.

  8. Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I don’t like lifetime appointments for federal judges and never have, but it would take a constitional amendment to change the rule.
    She should have resigned during Obama’s first term.

    • Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      At some level, the Left believed obama’s election was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, ushering in a new and enduring era of Dem super-majorities. It was eschatological in a way. The thought that they might sooner or later lose mid-terms, much less the White House, never occurred to them.

      • Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        I was reading the blogs back then. That belief was not at a deep level. It was conscious, widely held and celebrated. And also wrong. They drifted too far to the left. Much like they did in the seventies.
        Both parties do it, they win an election or two and drift too far toward their extremes and then are shocked when then tide goes back the other way.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

          Hell, some of us are old enough to remember Karl Rove and the thousand year Reich er, “Hundred Year Republican majority” that grew from the hubris of Dubya’s victories in the 2002 midterms and 2004 presidential election — you know, back in the days when Dick Cheney said the Bush administration “created its own reality.”

          Good times, those. Matter of fact, we’re still fighting those wars they started, aren’t we?

          • Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

            Yes, we are.
            I remember those days also. They are not good days to remember.

            About the worst I ever felt was watching our ambassador to the UN saying Iraq was making nuclear bombs on flatbed trucks they would move around.

  9. Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    She’s 85. It’s somewhat insane that anybody is doing that job at that age, and she’s going to have to carry on until she is at least 87 in order to avoid another Republican nomination.

  10. Jonathan Dore
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    As I’ve pointed out before, the mistake Clinton made was to appoint SJCs who were too old — both of his were, unaccountably, older than the two appointed by his predecessor Bush pere (not just older at the time of their respective appointments, but older tout court, and thus *even* older at the time of appointment). It was sheer luck that David Souter turned out to be fairly moderate, and resigned early, but Clinton should have done what Obama had the sense to do — appoint the youngest people he could get away with.

    • mordacious1
      Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      …and women, who tend to live longer.

  11. Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Hang in there Justice Ginsberg! We are all hoping for your excellent recovery!

  12. Jon Gallant
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    As I have suggested before, we are within days of President Trump’s nomination of Ната́лья Влади́мировна Весельни́цкая (or, in English, Natalia Vladimirovna Veselnitskaya) to the Supreme Court. Senator Митч Макконнелл (or Mitch McConnell) will perhaps guide it through (with the useful help of Representative Dana Rohrabacher) during what is called the банкрот or lame duck session.

    • Historian
      Posted November 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      It appears that Rohrabacher’s guiding days are coming to an end. The NYT has reported that with 100% of the precincts report, he has lost in a close election. Maybe he’ll request a recount.

      • Jon Gallant
        Posted November 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        He will of course still be present for the банкрот session.

  13. rickflick
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Grim news.

  14. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Call me Chicken Little on this one if you wanna, but were RBG to be replaced by a Trump appointee, the legal sky really would be falling. It would give Republicans the five-justice Hard-Right majority they’ve been craving since the days of the Warren Court. It would spell the death-knell for constitutional interpretation as we’ve come to know it over the past half-century — and there ain’t a damn thing Chief Justice Roberts (himself, hardly a moderate), let alone the three surviving liberals squawking in dissent, could do about it.

    Everything would be in play, from one-man/one-vote to same-sex marriage. And Roe v. Wade would be as dead as an un-implanted zygote the morning after the Morning-After Pill.

    • Historian
      Posted November 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      Ginsburg should have retired early in the Obama administration when the Democrats controlled the Senate. She was in her late 70s. Her lack of strategic thinking is evident, unfortunately. As you have noted, if she leaves the Court in the next two years, the results will be disastrous.

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Seems only fitting, in lieu of feckless “thoughts & prayers,” to send out a little Gloria Gaynor to the Notorious RBG:

  16. Mark R.
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    This sucks.

    I’ve broken many ribs in my life…upwards of 12 I think. I broke 4 in six places once along with 6 other bones after an ATV accident. Painful as hell and nothing you can do about it. Pain pills barely help. I feel for her, but at the same time I don’t think it will keep her from sitting on the bench again. My grandmother at 84 fell and broke her hip. Had it replaced, and she’s still walking and active at 91. RBG obviously has a hearty constitution; may it keep her healthy enough to judge for a couple more years. Ceiling Cat help her.

  17. dd
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    This is bad news. I just lost both of my elderly parents, whom I took care of.

    What has happened to RBG is almost like the opening act of a health decline…we will see.

  18. Diane G
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:04 pm | Permalink


  19. Damien McLeod
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon Justice Ginsburg – Live Long and Prosper!

  20. Andrea Kenner
    Posted November 9, 2018 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Purring for RBG!

  21. Posted November 9, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Wishing RBG well! Heaven help us if that POS gets to make another Supreme Court nominee! 🙂 ❤

  22. Posted November 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    She says she’s OK, but that’s absolutely the last time she’ll party with Brett Kavanaugh.

    (stole that from Bill Maher)

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