Justice Ginsburg is not too old to continue to serve and anyone who says differently is a mean son-of-bitch and a misogynist

Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg too old to be a Supreme Court justice?” See that essay yesterday at The Los Angeles Times.

Read the essay.  Inform yourself about the many medical and physical problems that Justice Ginsburg has courageously overcome and marvel at her toughness. Remember her long and distinguished service and, most importantly, look back in awe at her passionate and persuasive engagement as a Justice this term.   Now, consider this little known fact:

Even though she is 80, Justice Ginsburg is real human being.

Real human beings should be treated with respect.  Suggestions that Justice Ginsburg must retire, because the Republicans may get her seat, treat her like an object.  I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.  Tossing away women when they are perceived to be no longer useful has a long history.  But it still makes me puke.


8 responses

  1. The Los Angeles Times is a left wing liberal rag Judge – surely you know this and how liberals think…no surprise here.
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  2. Not surprising, just very, very sad. To take a woman who has devoted her life to the pursuit of justice, and treat her as nothing more than the pawn in the King’s gambit is an affront to chess and human beings.

    All the best.


  3. Some random thoughts.

    1) I think McGough overstates the rate of age-infirmity compared to continued competence in dotage.

    2) To take a woman who has devoted her life to the pursuit of justice, and treat her as nothing more than the pawn in the King’s gambit is an affront to chess and human beings. If you’re singling out a Justice based on her gender as the basis of defending her is to treat her as nothing more than the pawn…. Stevens was roundly applauded for his decision to retire when he did–it allowed (whether or not it was his intent) Obama to appoint a liberal in his stead–and a woman to boot–rather than delaying to allow a Republican to appoint….

    3) On the other hand, of course she’s too old. Wild in the Streets told the tale.

    Eric Hines

  4. As for Justice Stevens retiring at 90 and receiving “applause” for doing so, I don’t remember a drum beat in the media prior to his resignation at all similar to the drumbeat we are hearing now about Justice Ginsburg. Like Stevens, the great Holmes retired at 90. Brandeis, Marshall and Brennan served several years past their 80th birthdays. Yes, I am suggesting that we have an image of old women that is different and far less flattering than our image of old men.

    Your movie reference was hysterical. I will have to rent it sometime.

    All the best.


  5. That’s a silly thing to say, and not borne out by evidence (the comment about “how liberals think,” not the observation about the LA Times’ editorial page).

    Judge, I couldn’t agree more about the surprising lack of respect and deference being shown to Justice Ginsburg. Given her solid defense of her principles (even when they are not my principles) this term, it seems to me that the liberal wing of the Court has a solid champion in Justice Ginsburg.

    Those who bemoan liberal representation in the federal judiciary should spend more time focusing on the appalling number of vacancies in the trial courts (though I do not place the blame for that entirely on President Obama).

  6. I was trying to think of a good way to describe the suggestion that Justice Ginsburg’s age alone (or combined with any perceived physical or medical issues she may or may not have) meant she should step down. I think “it still makes me puke” is about the best anyone could come up with.

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