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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
Ginsburg: Sorry, Liberals, I'm Not Retiring
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."

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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?" (Read more Ruth Bader Ginsburg stories.)

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