Skip to comments.Justice Ginsburg Says She Won’t Retire Before 2012; Hints She May Stay Until 2016
Posted on 02/04/2011 11:06:02 AM PST by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Thursday evening that she will not retire from the court before 2012 and hinted that she might serve until she's at least 83 years old in 2016.
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Ginsburg was interviewed by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The topic of the discussion was Ginsburg's life before and after becoming a Supreme Court justice.
I am constantly asked, Is Justice Ginsburg going to retire soon?" Totenberg asked. "So, I will ask you that. Do you have any plans for your retirement?
Ginsburg, who was born on March 15, 1933, will turn 78 next month. I will give the answer that I just gave to you, Nina, a few moments ago," Ginsburg said. "One of the nice perks about this job is that we get to choose paintings from the storage supply of the National Gallery, the Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn.
I had a wonderful painting from the Museum of American Art by Josef Albers, said Ginsburg. It was taken away for a traveling exhibition and Im told that it will come back to me sometime in 2012. So I am certainly not going to retire before I get my Albers back. Another answer I can give you is I was appointed at age 60, the same age that Louis Bidenz Brandeis was when he was appointed the court. He stayed until he was 83. So I do have a way to go.
Ginsburg will be 83 on March 15, 2016. (Louis Brandeis retired from the Court at the age of 83 in 1939.)
President Barack Obama, who will be standing for reelection in 2012, has so far filled two vacancies on the Supreme Court, appointing Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
Last year, during the confirmation process for Justice Kagan, U.S. News and World Report published a piece on "rumors" that Justice Ginsburg might soon retire, and noted the recent death of her husband and her own bout with cancer. "While the court won't comment on the rumors, indications are that she might be looking to leave soon because of the recent death of her husband and also because of her own health issues," said U.S. News and World Report. "She recently underwent chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer."
She is a sick old woman. The only way she’ll make it to 2016 is if they stuff her .... like Trigger
If she can stay awake that long......
I hope she lives long enough to make it past 2012, I would hate to see what Obama would replace her with.
Isn’t she the one that court artists draw sleeping on the bench?
It would be good if Obama isn’t there to nominate her successor.
I think that is what she thinks too. Liberal though she is, I think she finds the Vladimir Ilyich Obama a bit much to take.
Yep, she has a habit of dozing once in a while. :-)
Ginsburg if honest would say: “I don’t plan on retiring before 2012 unless it looks like Obama will lose. In that case, if a republican wins, I’ll do my best to live until a Democrat is elected again.”
Perhaps a mandatory retirement age for Justices????
Sooner would be better, but later is OK, too.
I hope she hangs in there long enough for President Palin to choose her replacement.
A true believer, the ex-ACLU veteran will be taking injections of embalming fluid before she submits to being carted away.
And her taste in art sucks. Josef Albers (1888 - 1976) was an immigrant German artist who was among the vanguard of the the sort of nonsensical, abstract art a chimp could paint. Blech.
Me too, but, even if she didn’t, she’s liberal, he’d just replace her with another liberal. But, it would be nice if we could get another conservative on the bench.
Whether you acknowledge Him or not.
Long range plans of the elderly and the Grim Reaper’s timetable are not always in sync.
Good. If she retires before 2012, then Obama will replace her with someone 40 years younger and 20 times worse. I know that worse than Ginsberg is hard to conceive, but if anyone can do it, Obama can.
Or President Cain, I’ll take either one of those thank you :)
She will need to stay because Kagan and Sotomayor will have to recuse themselves if a natural born citizen case comes before the supremes?
He would replace her with a “young” liberal, someone who would be sitting on that bench for 20-30 years.
My kids don’t need that...
You beat me to it.
I think she'll retire quickly at the end of 2012 if it looks like Obama is going to lose, or if it's even going to be close.
If she waits too long and doesn't think a new nominee can make it through confirmation before Obama is "retired", then she'll try to hang on until 2016 or even 2020. But, she'll have to be wheeled in and propped up like Weekend at Bernie's.
Absolutely, and she doesn’t seem to be in the best of health.
As bad as she is, the Muslim may be more than even she can sign on to.
At the worst, he would probably appoint someone whose judgment was as bad as hers.
I think that means that she will retire at the end of the current term
These people have a direct pipeline to the devil and he sends them juju and drugs that keep them going and keep them power crazed and in office despite cancer and other diseases
President Cain has a nice ring to it as well.
Gosh, I remember seeing Roy Rogers and Trigger at a rodeo in Texas when I was a kid. What a beauty Trigger was.
Knowing the Obama administration, if one of them were the first to find Ginsberg slumped over in her high-back, the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s” comes to mind.
Heck, she could remain in office until 2076 then.
Just call in an Islamic black-ops taxidermist and you’re off to the races.
Getting paid 250,000 a year to sleep. Not bad.
Sounds like she thinks the current administration will be replaced in 2012, and she’s holding on in hopes that the next administration will also be a single term only.
Heh heh heh. I needed a good morning chuckle. :)
I would say she just said to Obama ‘I got your back on Obamacare’.
She must have thought they were talking in military time.
“I’ll make it to twenty-twelve, maybe twenty-sixteen.”
Somebody better go check on the old stick at 8:30 EST tonight.
It wouldn’t be any worse than what she brings to the Court and if she waits until after 2012 whoever replaces her will not be as “progressive” as she is.
Conservatives must give Ginsburg this much: If she were more politically minded (than she already is), she’d announce her retirement now. She knows full well that the political branches of government will NOT become more friendly to a “Young Ginsburg” type of nominee after 2012, and is ailing, yet she stays. I have to give her props for that much.
Ginsburg is proof olde Bolsheviks never die!
So I am certainly not going to retire before I get my Albers back
Um Justice - it is NOT yours.
Do those four losers ever vote differently?
Before criticizing her for sleeping you need to walk in her shoes. Just try listening to some of the lawyers she has to listen too.
What amazes me is that any of our Justices can stay awake for some of the cases.
All that said, it is not a good thing to sleep on the job.
No they don’t. America doesn’t need that. I’m truly sick up to my eyeballs with these liberals. Basically if your liberal you should be able to live comfortably with that kind of ideology, in any country in the world except here. And they have to try to ruin it here to.
A known known would be better than a known unknown!
If she has to be ‘stuffed like Trigger’ to make it until we have a conservative president to nominate her replacement, then I’m all for it.
She is already stuufed. I won’t say with what, I would get banned.
The last thing Obama and the dems will want is to go thru the nomination-approval Senate circus right before the 2012 elections.
For that very reason, I suspect Ginsburg will retire before this year is over.
OTOH, I’d be willing to give her the Josef Albers painting if she can hang on until 2013!
Courtrooms are boring, they’re not like court scenes in TV shows.
In the Nguyen case she said her grandson, born in Paris, is a natural born citizen.
Two words: Term Limits.
Zero would probably replace her with someone who would want to help implement sharia law.
That was my first thought as well.
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