January 20, 2019

RBG & the Case for Supreme Court Term Limits

“On November 7, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell, fracturing two ribs. X-rays to treat the broken ribs revealed two nodules on her lungs. On Friday, Ginsburg, who is 85, underwent surgery to remove the nodules, both of which proved cancerous upon post-operative testing. The surgery was successful, and doctors say there’s no evidence of further cancer on Ginsburg’s scans. “She hopes to be back on the court for the start of the next argument session in early January,” reported NPR.

Ginsburg, who previously survived colorectal and pancreatic cancer, is tough as they come. Liberals thrilled to reports that she was working from her hospital bed, merely two days after her surgery. Twitter filled with memes offering Ginsburg a rib, a lung, a liver — whatever she might need to keep working.

But the celebration of her resilience reflects a barely suppressed panic: If her health fails in the next two years, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will fill her seat, leaving the Court with a 6-3 conservative majority.

“What was she doing walking around an office?” asked Stephen Colbert after learning the details of her fall. “She’s far too precious. Forget a black robe, she should be dressed in bubble wrap and carried down the hallway like a Fabergé egg!””

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