We’re right smack in the middle of a Notorious RBG Celebration-Fest, with another movie coming out to canonize Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a pioneering woman (the way only a liberal female can be canonized). But there has recently been a note of dissent to the celebrations, and they aren’t coming from conservative corners.
Still shell-shocked by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, liberals were hit with a one-two punch over the last month. First, Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs, giving left-wing America a collective heart attack. Then the anxiety grew sharper when it was revealed that RBG had surgery to remove lung cancer nodules – her third battle with cancers of various forms.
And now, with those two scares presumably behind the left’s most popular judge, some of her fans are beginning to ask: Why oh why did you not retire when Obama was still president?
From Mother Jones:
But no amount of swag or hagiography can obscure the fact that, while Ginsburg is responsible for a great number of landmark legal decisions, her legacy may be sorely tarnished by one truly terrible one: refusing to retire when President Barack Obama could have named her replacement. That decision came into stark relief this month when Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs—and half of the nation took a collective gasp. Women took to Twitter to offer the justice a rib.
There’s a real possibility Ginsburg will not outlast the Trump administration or live long enough for a Democrat to replace her. The situation today is one many liberal lawyers feared years ago and worked hard to avert. But the feisty justice rebuffed them all, a decision that makes all the hero worship hard for some of us to stomach.
While it’s perhaps understandable that a liberal like the author – Stephanie Mencimer – is irritated about the prospect of a conservative Trump pick replacing a reliable left-wing Supreme Court vote like Ginsburg, it seems awfully tasteless to go on a rant like this. Ginsburg’s legal legacy will be “sorely tarnished” by staying on the Court? Very disrespectful.
But what’s worse is that Mencimer seems less concerned about Ginsburg’s replacement being a conservative and more about her replacement being too…oh, what’s the word…
“There are many historic firsts still awaiting the Supreme Court: first black woman, first Asian justice, first openly gay justice, etc. Ginsburg was a trailblazer, but she is not the only one. There’s no better evidence than Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice,” she writes.
Yes, because it’s essential to our justice system that the Supreme Court act as a social justice experiment, constantly pushing the envelope to see which minority can land on the bench next. Will we really have a “land of the free” until we have the first transgender justice?
To be fair, Mencimer makes some decent points about RBG’s declining faculties – particularly her habit of falling asleep during oral arguments, but it’s amusing to see her and other liberal so freaked out about the possibility of Trump replacing their goddess with another white male conservative judge.
God, and you thought the Kavanaugh hearings were a circus.