The Ginsburg Gamble and the Future of the Supreme Court

While our Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Neil Gorsuch, has been sworn in, welcomed into the fold by fellow Supreme Court Justices and the SCOTUS is ready to get down to business, Progressives must be feeling uneasy about future retirees and appointees.

The odds exist that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the next Supreme Court Justice to retire just as the odds are that a Republican judge will replace her.  How does that affect Justice Ginsburg’s legacy?

…The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court represents a huge political victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who gambled on blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland in the hopes of a GOP electoral victory.

It may also have been an equally huge loss for the of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who ignored increasing calls for her retirement during the Obama administration to avoid the prospect of the flipping of her seat from a liberal to a conservative member. That gamble — whatever calculation — could now cost a sweeping number of key cases hanging by a 5-4 margin, including much of the precedent built around Roe v. Wade, if not an outright overturning of that decision.

Some of the smartest people can stay too long in a game on the assumption that they can gain more with time […]

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  1. I don’t see a conservative court overturning Roe. Conservative courts tend to respect precedent more than liberal courts, at least judging from the past. The danger from my perspective was for a liberal court to overturn important rulings like Heller that guaranteed personal ownership of firearms, something that Ginsberg promised to do when Hillary took power.

    Ginsberg reminds me a lot of Hillary. She thinks she’s smarter than she is. It would serve her right to get replaced by conservative.

  2. Good morning Scott,

    I agree. I suspect that unlike judicial activists on the left that Conservative judges would respect the rule of law. As we are witnessing, the rule of law means very little to Progressive courts.

    I am hoping that the President takes advantage of his tenure in the White House to fill the more than 250 judicial vacancies with Conservatives and any vacancy that comes up in the Supreme Court during the next four years.

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