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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks She Has 'At Least 5 More Years' Before Retirement

The Bill Clinton appointee's comments suggest she doesn't want Donald Trump to nominate her successor.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest Supreme Court justice on the bench, says she's not retiring any time soon.

"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said Sunday, according to CNN. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years."

Ginsburg's comments suggest the liberal justice doesn't want to give President Donald Trump the chance to pick her replacement. Trump has already nominated two conservative justices—Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh—to the Court. The former was confirmed last year, while the Senate has yet to vote on the latter. If Trump gets another pick, he could have the opportunity to solidify the Court's conservative majority for decades to come.

Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, has reportedly hired law clerks to last her through the 2020 term. And she has previously expressed her desire to stay on the Court until she's no longer able to do so. "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it," she said in October.

Speaking in New York on Sunday after viewing The Originalist, a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg said she doesn't think justices should be forced to step down if they don't want to. "You can't set term limits, because to do that you'd have to amend the Constitution," Ginsburg said. "Article III says…we hold our offices during good behavior."

As The Washington Post notes, Ginsburg's fans have obsessed over her well-being ever since Trump became president, particularly after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last month.

There's no denying that Ginsburg is getting up there in age. Kennedy is three years younger than Ginsburg, and the next oldest justice—Stephen Breyer—is 79. According to Business Insider, the average age of the last 11 justices to announce their retirement is 80.

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  1. You know who else thought he’d have about five more years?

    1. Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise?

    2. Hitler at his 54th Birthday?

    3. George R R Martin?

    4. FDR!

    5. Methuselah?

    6. My marriage?

    7. You know who else thought he’d have [a thousand] years?
      The answer is always HITLER!

  2. Speaking in New York on Sunday after viewing The Originalist, a play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia

    So much for the conservative plot to take out the notorious RBG by boring her to death.

  3. As long as her clerks can write her dissents and she shows a pulse when they prop her up in her chair during sessions, she’ll be on the court.

    1. The Left lives for power
      Only death will make them give it up

  4. She’s signalling because she is worried.

    Its like old people finding religion or saying “I’ll be in heaven soon” while at death’s door. They know what’s coming and it scares them, so they try and make the living feel better.

    Many of us Libertarians will be pleasantly surprised if Trump gets to nominate Supreme Court replacements for Thomas, RBG, and Breyer.

    1. ‘try to’ not ‘try and’

      1. Almost all disparaging criticism of “try and” comes from American critics; British commentators have generally been tolerant. There appears to be no rational basis for hostility to the expression and no need to avoid it in appropriate surroundings.

        The OED includes an entry for “try and,” but still labels it as a colloquialism.

        Informal or formal forum?

        1. Yes, but know you feel no shame about being stupid on the Internet.

          1. I absolutely feel no shame about you being stupid on the Internet.

    2. You’re a libertarian.

      So is Rand Paul.

      Trump is not obese.

      Obama is a Kenyan.

      Democrats are the real racists.

      Roseanne is not.

      The solution to environmental problems will be the Rapture.

      Tax cuts pay for themselves.

      O.J. was innocent.

      So is Paul Manafort.

      And the Patriots.

      You’re a libertarian.

      1. You’re not a Libertarian.

        Rand Paul is a Republican.

        Trump is at 29% BMI which is 1% below 30% for obesity. So says the media.

        Obama’s Dad was Kenyan, so that makes Obama part Kenyan?

        Democrats fought for slavery, started the KKK and instituted Jim Crowe laws.

        Rosanne- who is that?

        Rapture, if it were true, would be the end of many things including the environment. Or at least Man’s concern since you would either be in heaven or running from big-dicked demons.

        Tax cuts prevent government from having more money, so they do pay for themselves.

        O.J. was found innocent by a jury.

        Paul Manafort is on trial right now, so you dont know if he has been found guilty yet.

        Patriots- who are they?

        I am a Libertarian.

      2. Look! Dumbass is back again saying dumbass things that actually mean exactly nothing.

        Go away, mouth breather.

      3. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|7.30.18 @ 1:22PM|#
        “You’re a libertarian.”

        You’re an ignorant and annoying asshole. Fuck off.

    3. Yeah, I took the same way. Almost an “I waited too long to retire and now I won’t enjoy those magic reverse cowgirl rides on my Italian stallion Scalia.”

      Or maybe I’ve been reading too much SCOTUS fan fic porn. Nah! We all know Roberts and Kagan are getting jiggy with it although I admit the Breyer – Kennedy breakup was a bit of a shocker.

  5. She has evidently decided that her life is worth being the bulwark for the liberal agenda, till the bitter end.

    1. The Left is all in agreement to not bash her for not retiring when Obama was president and the Democrats held the Senate.

      1. #shepersistedandpersistedandpersisted

        1. Is this more SCOTUS porn? Asking for a friend.

          1. I’m asking for me.

  6. Never understood the attraction to working. Got no other interests? Really?

    1. Stupid Lefties like her think that the Nanny-State cannot remain strong without her. She might be right.

      Kennedy is cut from that same cloth. He refused to retire immediately upon Trump becoming president and that Winter term ending. Kennedy had to wait to politik in his replacement and get his name on some major court decisions.

    2. The lust for power is only satiated by death.

      1. +1 You said it better than I did

    3. One ninth of America’s ruling Oligarchy? It’s not just work, it’s an adventure!

    4. Its very likely she doesn’t. She’s spent the majority of her life in a demanding career and has a lot of social capital as one of ‘the important people’ and all that goes away if she retires.

      So what’s she going to do in the next stage of her life? Garden? Babysit the grandkids? Sit on a charity’s board?

      If she retires she’d be dead or senile within 5 years out of sheer boredom.

  7. The fact that RBG is still there is more reason to consider Kennedy’s retirement suspicious, since Kennedy is a few years younger. Did you know that Drumpf and Kennedy’s son have a business relationship that goes back decades? Something shady is definitely going on. Putin’s Puppet might have bribed or forced Kennedy to retire, so he could be replaced with someone who will demonstrate loyalty in the event Mueller’s #TrumpRussia investigation involves the Supreme Court somehow.


    1. Even the most deranged left-libertarian would not be pimping the notoriously pro-state RBG

      1. Well, she’s not “pro-state” enough to want the government policing people’s vaginas and telling them they cannot access abortion care. That alone makes her better from a libertarian POV than anybody Drumpf would nominate.

        I also applaud her for dissenting in DC v. Heller, the disastrous decision that threw out centuries of understanding that “Second Amendment rights,” if they exist at all, are collective.

        1. abortion care

          A curious term.

          if they exist at all, are collective.

          Leftists “Libertarians” for collectivism!

        2. I also applaud her for dissenting in DC v. Heller, the disastrous decision that threw out centuries of understanding that “Second Amendment rights,” if they exist at all, are collective.

          Dude, you are the bomb. I seriously snerked out loud at this.

        3. What the fuck good is a collective right that the collective could just vote for anyway? Seriously, if 99.9995% of people think something should be allowed, why bother writing it down? Seems a bit redundant to me.


    1. Eeeeeeeeew!!!

  9. “As long as I can do the job full steam sleep through oral arguments, I will do it,”

    1. “As long as I can do the job full steam sleep through oral arguments, I will do it,”


  10. The years have not been nice to Darth Bader. Using the dark side has consequences.

  11. That witch tries to rewrite the Constitution constantly so please spare me the worry about amending the document.

  12. After 5 years, the warranty is up.

  13. So she’s going to be on the bench for three years after her death from natural causes?

  14. Cant figure out why people treat justices like political figures.

    1. Because they are infantile idiots not adults that understand civics 101 ? maybe?

  15. She sure screwed over the Left by not quitting years ago !
    She believed Hillary would win.
    What should we expect from an idiot lady who believes that the South African Constitution is a model for the world and the US constitution is irrelevant ?
    Put a bib on her to catch the drool and wake her up when the session is over.
    and Thank you Harry Reid !

    1. majil|7.30.18 @ 1:35PM|#
      “She sure screwed over the Left by not quitting years ago !
      She believed Hillary would win.”

      Regardless of her hopes that the hag would win, she should be vilified by the left for ‘clinging’ (yes, annoying asshole) when she should have bailed.
      I do hope she dies very soon, long before any lefty ends up being able to nominate a replacement.

  16. “You can’t set term limits, because to do that you’d have to amend the Constitution,” Ginsburg said.

    Yes, her retarded bitch ass actually uttered those words.

    So… you can set term limits, you just have to amend the Constitution to do so. OK. That’s not the same as “can’t”. Like, at all.

  17. It’s going to rain delicious liberal tears when she dies and Trump gets to appoint ANOTHER SCOTUS. I can’t wait!

    1. Open wider, wingnuts.

      Your betters have more progress to shove down your whimpering, faux libertarian throats. Even after more than a half-century of effecting American progress against the wishes and efforts of bigoted, half-educated, superstitious right-wingers, it still is fun and worthwhile.

      Be nice, or we may decide to start shoving that progress down sideways.

      1. 9/10

        The creepy sexual assault vibe really sells your proggy cred.

      2. please continue… they taste SO GOOD! MORE! MORE!!!

        1. I believe the next few societal advances achieved over conservative objections will involve improved access to health care; leashing of drug warriors; and a resumption of the diminution of superstition’s privileges.

          You guys can keep wishing for criminalized abortion, gun absolutism, bigoted and authoritarian immigration policies, and a return to black men being compelled to lower their gaze in the company of white women.

          1. You project. A lot. Bergs the question why you spend so much time trying to “help people”. Ah, the projection is more example of your authoritarian background. Carry on, witless dumbfuck.

      3. I’m convinced he’s a false flag here to discredit the Open Borders crowd

      4. Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland|7.30.18 @ 2:19PM|#
        “…Your betters…”

        It’s hard to imagine a scumbag who would post that.
        But then the annoying asshole is such a scumbag.

  18. Never fear!

    A multi-disciplinary team at Harvard, including people from the Kennedy School of Huge Government, Harvard Law, Harvard Medical, and the Computational Science and Engineering department are busy developing the RBG clone for pure socialist thoughts.

    The RBG will last indefinitely !!!

  19. “You can’t set term limits, because to do that you’d have to amend the Constitution,” Ginsburg said. “Article III says…we hold our offices during good behavior.”

    It’s good to know that the justices interpret the original words of the constitution in a way that gives them meaning.

  20. tithonus

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