Ginsburg: Sorry, Liberals, I'm Not Retiring
At 80, she still feels up to the job at Supreme Court
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2013 5:23 PM CST
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles while speaking to the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows full well that many liberals would love for her to retire from the Supreme Court to give President Obama a chance to appoint her successor. They can forget about it, reports AP: "I think one should stay as long as she can do the job," the 80-year-old told a forum in Virginia today. "Can you think as well? Can you write with the same fluency? At my age you take it year by year. I'm OK this year."

But what about the argument that if she stays on, it raises the likelihood that a Republican will get to pick her replacement? She cites two names in response: William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall. Both left-leaning justices were in the same boat as her—at an advanced age with a Democrat in office—but both remained on the court. As a result, the elder George Bush got a chance to appoint David Souter and Clarence Thomas to their spots. Ginsburg, though, says politics shouldn't play a role. The only question that matters: "Can you do the job?"

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fractal
Dec 18, 2013 12:39 PM CST
stubborn old coot.
kawahchan
Dec 18, 2013 10:40 AM CST
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: That's right ! Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsbury, she can stay longer until the 2016 Conservative Republican President RICK PERRY will appoint another conservative seat to Supreme Court. Obama is lousy enough.
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Dec 18, 2013 8:52 AM CST
I've always wanted to ask Ruth, "What was Jesus like?" I know he was a few classes behind her, but I'm sure they talked. Old bag of bones.