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Why Justices Ginsburg and Breyer should retire now
CBS News ^ | April 28, 2011 9:58 AM | Randall Kennedy

Posted on 04/11/2012 8:22:09 PM PDT by RC one

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should soon retire. That would be the responsible thing for them to do. Both have served with distinction on the Supreme Court for a substantial period of time; Ginsburg for almost 18 years, Breyer for 17. Both are unlikely to be able to outlast a two-term Republican presidential administration, should one supersede the Obama administration following the 2012 election. What's more, both are, well, old: Ginsburg is now 78, the senior sitting justice. Breyer is 72.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: breyer; ginsburg; scotus

1 posted on 04/11/2012 8:22:11 PM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

Works for me. Then bottle up the replacements in the Senate till after Jan.


2 posted on 04/11/2012 8:23:39 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: RC one

Either way, a president that makes a habit of appointing LIBERALS to the bench will be in power in 2013, so the might as well stick around.


3 posted on 04/11/2012 8:24:50 PM PDT by BobL
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To: RC one

I wish them good health for at least 5 more years.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 8:28:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RC one

Bad idea....bad timing, they need to wait awhile. I think that they know that also.


5 posted on 04/11/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: RC one

It’s CBS news. They want Obama to replace them.


6 posted on 04/11/2012 8:30:40 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: mylife

“I wish them good health for at least 5 more years.”

Agreed...


7 posted on 04/11/2012 8:31:03 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: RC one

They just want The One to be able to put two more young extremely leftist liberals on the SCOTUS now as he will lose in November.


8 posted on 04/11/2012 8:32:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: BobL

I am hardly a Romney fan, but even I don’t believe their choices would be the same. I just don’t. Consider a 2nd term marxist who doesn’t have to give two sh1ts about ANYTHING or ANYONE and his picks, versus Romney’s potential picks, and you can damn well bet he will care about getting re-elected again.


9 posted on 04/11/2012 8:34:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RC one

“Both have served with distinction on the Supreme Court for a substantial period of time”

With the distinction of being the two worst justices on the court until Obama started appointing.

Probably not exactly true, but it was the first thought that came to mind. Served with distinction my @$$.


10 posted on 04/11/2012 8:37:13 PM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: RC one

Because partisan politics should always be the prime consideration for the court.

*sigh*


11 posted on 04/11/2012 8:46:45 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: RC one

In spite of her age and poor health, Justice Ginsburg “hangs on”. Why is that?

A hard leftist she may be, but she is also a Jew. I believe that notwithstanding her political leanings, she sees Obama for what he is, a Muslim sympathizer at the least, or an outright Muslim, period. As a Jew, I sense she will not provide a him the opportunity or satisfaction of filling “her seat”. I sense that, deep down, she despises him, and is determined to outlast him...

I could be completely wrong, but that’s how I see it...


12 posted on 04/11/2012 8:47:18 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: RC one

You smell that? ... It smells like fear.


13 posted on 04/11/2012 8:47:47 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: RC one

They will retire if Obama loses. Then Harry Reid will put replacements through in a lame duck session. The Republicans will cry about procedures, but cave as always.


14 posted on 04/11/2012 8:50:03 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: JoSixChip

It does doesn’t it? Rats are lingering near the life boats.


15 posted on 04/11/2012 9:01:44 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: RC one

Dear Randall,
Ginsberg and Breyer are liberals.
They’ve never done anything “responsible” in their life.
What makes you think they’re likely to start now?


16 posted on 04/11/2012 9:03:59 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: RC one

Actually, the GOP should start now to refuse to nominate any Obama court appointees to any court: federal district, appellate, and Supreme Court included. Then go all-out to keep the House and win the Senate in this year’s election (and hopefully the White House as well, but I expect Romney to nominate a lot of sterling GOP judges cast from the same mold as Souter and Stephens). If the GOP then controls both houses, it should decrease the size of the SCOTUS every time a liberal justice retires or goes toes up.

And we need to impeach Kagan for participating in the ObamaCare decision.


17 posted on 04/11/2012 9:09:46 PM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: Road Glide

Do you have any facts to back up your feeling that Ginsburg as a Jew distrusts the muslim in the WH?

I wish that it were true but there are still many many Jews supporting the muslim. Jews are frequently so smart but they have such a huge blind spot when it comes to liberalism.


18 posted on 04/11/2012 9:11:55 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Spartan79

Refuse to CONFIRM, not “nominate”. Let Zero nominate until he’s blue in the face, just don’t confirm any further nominations at any court level.

Of course, the GOP’s problem with such a strategy would as always be with senators of the likes of McCain, Graham, Brown, and the nitwits from Maine.


19 posted on 04/11/2012 9:13:28 PM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: Still Thinking

...2017.


20 posted on 04/11/2012 9:13:35 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: RC one

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that most SC Judges are not happy with our current administration.


21 posted on 04/11/2012 9:16:42 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Road Glide
A hard leftist [Justice Ginsburg] may be, but she is also a Jew. I believe that notwithstanding her political leanings, she sees Obama for what he is, a Muslim sympathizer at the least, or an outright Muslim, period. As a Jew, I sense she will not provide a him the opportunity or satisfaction of filling “her seat”. I sense that, deep down, she despises him, and is determined to outlast him...

Reportedly, she is Justice Scalia's best buddy on the Court:

“I consider myself a good friend of every one of my colleagues, both past and present,” Scalia told Laura [Ingraham]. “Some more than others. My best friend on the Court is and has been for many years, Ruth Ginsburg. Her basic approach is not mine, but she’s a lovely person and a good loyal friend.”

I wonder what she thought when Scalia joked that ordering his clerks to read the Obamacare law would violate the Eighth Amendment.

22 posted on 04/11/2012 9:23:41 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Aria; Road Glide

I have written almost the same identical post as Road Glide before. Ginsberg has had Pancreatic cancer for a couple of years or so now. My father died of it and it’s considered one of the worst, most painful of all.

So, I’ve wondered for a long time how she could manage to hold out, why she didn’t retire, etc, and the conclusion I also came to is that, in spite of her liberal views, she ‘knows’ what Obama is and is waiting him out.


23 posted on 04/11/2012 9:28:33 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: RC one

Romney or Obama. Not really a choice here. Romney is not as far to the left as Obama though. In any case both will appoint liberals to the bench, you can bank on it.


24 posted on 04/11/2012 9:33:36 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: cynwoody

“A hard leftist [Justice Ginsburg] may be, but she is also a Jew. I believe that notwithstanding her political leanings, she sees Obama for what he is, a Muslim sympathizer at the least, or an outright Muslim, period. As a Jew, I sense she will not provide a him the opportunity or satisfaction of filling “her seat”. I sense that, deep down, she despises him, and is determined to outlast him...”

The rumors of a 7-2 beatdown of Obamacare must be true then.

CBS has the long knives out.


25 posted on 04/11/2012 9:57:52 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Road Glide

I wouldn’t be surprised. Good analysis


26 posted on 04/11/2012 10:50:10 PM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesHill not text while dri)
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To: RC one

Oh yeah? And let the imam stick Eric Holder of WACO fame in there?


27 posted on 04/12/2012 3:49:22 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Aria
Do you have any facts to back up your feeling that Ginsburg as a Jew distrusts the muslim in the WH?

The irony of asking for facts while asserting Obama is a Muslim is lost on you.

28 posted on 04/12/2012 8:55:44 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: RC one

Translation:

CBS to Obama:

PLEASE REPLACE THESE OLD FARTS WHILE YOU CAN AND DON’T LET ROMNEY PUT IN RINOS!

It is actually a brilliant strategy and the Democrats would be wise to do this. They control the Senate today and may not control it next year. At the same time, can’t these old SCOTUS trolls wait until the 2nd week of November to retire only if Romney wins. I mean, there is plenty of time until Romney’s inauguration for the Senate to railroad through Obama’s next 2 picks, if he fails to be re-elected.

This would be a brilliant thing for the evil democrats to do while Obama is stil president and while they still own the Senate lock, stock and barrel.


29 posted on 04/12/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Still Thinking

You mean to bottle up Obama’s nominees in the DEMOCRAT CONTOLLED Senate where nominations are approved with only 5 1 votes? Like that bottled up?


30 posted on 04/12/2012 3:32:18 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I am hardly a Romney fan, but even I don’t believe their choices would be the same. I just don’t. Consider a 2nd term marxist who doesn’t have to give two sh1ts about ANYTHING or ANYONE and his picks, versus Romney’s potential picks, and you can damn well bet he will care about getting re-elected again.

The time will likely come when good people are going to have to openly declare that the Supreme Court has no authority to issue any rulings contrary to the Constitution, and the fact that a President who holds the Constitution in contempt may appoint justices who do likewise does not mean such rulings have any legitimacy.

If such a time comes, it will be far easier to effectively denounce as illegitimate a ruling penned by Obama-appointed Kagans, than a ruling penned by Romney-appointed Souters.

31 posted on 04/12/2012 4:16:47 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: potlatch
Ginsberg has had Pancreatic cancer for a couple of years or so now.

Oh, my Gosh, that poor woman. I hope she goes quickly without too much suffering.

32 posted on 04/12/2012 8:27:29 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

I did a Google and she first had surgery in 2009. Most only live a year or so, my dad lived for 2 1/2 years, but that was many years ago and they probably have much better detection and meds for it now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/08/health/08brod.html


33 posted on 04/12/2012 8:42:55 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

If they don’t retire, check mate is within reach for us.


34 posted on 04/12/2012 10:55:38 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: RC one
If they don’t retire, check mate is within reach for us.
Breyer isn’t really that old, article says 72. That’s just a kid, in SCOTUS terms.
But the Democrats have been on the defensive; had we had a good president and a good Senate these past four years, there would have been a clean 6-vote majority in SCOTUS in favor of the founding principles of the nation. Without even counting Kennedy. Assuming the same two justices retired, which is not a given.
But even SCOTUS majorities aren’t forever; Scalia and Kennedy are Reagan’s last appointees, and Reagan left office 22 years ago . . .
Scalia will stay on while he can, because his influence on the court is important - and Kennedy, because his vote decides all 5-4 cases, must be having a ball.

35 posted on 04/13/2012 4:22:57 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

“I am hardly a Romney fan, but even I don’t believe their choices would be the same. I just don’t. “

Yea, you’re probably right. Thankfully, Romney’s been pushed VERY HARD to the right, due to our Primary process. It would be tough for him to become a McCain and simply act as if all he said in the Primary was for ‘domestic consumption’. Even Bush-43 got pushed hard by the base, and had to give up on Harriett Myers (thank God) and Amnesty (also thank God).


36 posted on 04/13/2012 3:43:22 PM PDT by BobL
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