Kiki Ginsburg is
an embarrassment to the USSCt
of what you may have thought
of the content of Obama's 2015 State of the Union Address last night, even
though John Boehner couldn't quite picking and blowing his nose, the
speech was no snoozer. It was passionate and it was well
written. It was Obama at his rhetorical best. Too bad Ruth
Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court's oldest justice at 81, missed it.
She was dozing. Not the first time. As Emily Heil at the WaPo
said: Antoher SOTU, another nap for Kiki.
Justice Kennedy to her
right and Justice Breyer to her left kept poking her but were not able to
keep her awake. If she can't sit through a 1-hour speech by the
president on national TV, how effective can she be in studiously
considering thousands of pages of legal briefs that a USSCt justice has to
wade through every month?
Kiki Ginsburg is the
latest in a long line of arrogant, narcissistic, geriatric jurists who
think that being appointed for life means there is no "expiry
date." If you are too old and tired to stay awake for 1-hour
while sitting in front of the entire world, your expiry date is past.
Ginsburg should have stepped down at least 5 years ago. But she
refuses. Her reason: she wants to stay on the bench for as many
years as her hero, the Zionist Louis Brandeis did. IOW, this is a
She has now waited too
long to ensure that she won't be replaced with a right-wing, strict-constructionalist.
Even if she were to retire tomorrow, now that the Democrats have lost
control of the Senate, the Republicans would likely defeat Obama's
nomination or stall it until the next election. Another Scalia or
Roberts in place of a liberal justice would be a disaster that wouldn't be
rectified for decades.
As I said in a previous
If your reason for
staying entrenched on the highest court in the land is to put in more
years than your idol, then you are, by definition, intellectually
incapable of doing the job. The good news is that Douglas wasn’t her
hero — he went almost 37 years and was the best living reason for a
Constitutional amendment [to limit USSCt terms] to have ever walked the
face of the earth.