Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Liberals panic as White House prepares for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible retirement

Liberals panic as White House prepares for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible retirement

Still recovering from her recent lung surgery at home, Justice Ginsburg was unable to attend oral arguments this week for the first time in her career on the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week, but she will participate through briefs and transcripts. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer surgery and ongoing recuperation has cast an atmosphere of uncertainty over the Supreme Court at a critical time for its future and as the legal fate of several controversial White House policies hang in the balance...

Ginsburg was released from the hospital about two weeks ago, according to the court, following the surgery earlier last month.

But should she not return for the February 19 public sessions, there will likely be renewed concern for the liberal justice's future. It also seems reasonable to assume she would do everything in her power to stay on until President Trump leaves office.

According to four sources, the White House has told conservative organizations like the Judicial Crisis Network and the Federalist Society to get ready for a noisy confirmation battle. She had scheduled the treatments for both so she wouldn't miss oral arguments.

Ginsburg, 85, showed the necklace to Katie Couric in a 2014 interview and told her she had deemed it her dissenting collar because, "It looks fitting for dissents".

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Now, after 25 years on the bench, Ginsburg has brought that streak to an end, missing oral arguments for the first time on Monday.

While odds for a recovery from the surgery she had are good, they go way up if the subsequent pathology report shows no cancer in the lymph nodes.

This is RBG's third bout with cancer after receiving treatment for colon cancer in 2000 and pancreatic cancer 10 years later.

She has otherwise said that she "will do this job as long as [she] can do it full steam".

[N] o amount of swag or hagiography can obscure the fact that, while Ginsburg is responsible for a great number of landmark legal decisions, her legacy may be sorely tarnished by one truly awful one: refusing to retire when President Barack Obama could have named her replacement. The key liberal justice returned to the court shortly after the fall that fractured three of her ribs last November. If Ginsburg steps down as one of the four liberal justices now serving, President Trump will nearly certainly appoint a conservative replacement, tilting the court further to the Right.

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