Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. I express my condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
You can go to all sorts of media stories about her life, so I won't bother going over it all.
Her death unleashes yet another political firestorm in a year in which it was hard to imagine yet another political firestorm. We will see a battle over whether President Trump should or should not name a replacement for RBG. The Dems will wheel out the tired arguments about not naming a Justice during an election year--unless, of course, a Democrat is in the White House. The Republicans, I hope, will cite RBG herself,
When asked if the Senate should consider then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, Ginsburg said, “That’s their job,” the New York Times reported. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year,” Ginsburg added.
So, do the head count, see if the Senate votes are there, and then move on. Let the Dem mob riot in the street, that's what they do best.
Now on RBG herself.
We see her held up as an icon, an inspiration, described--even by President Trump--as "amazing," etc. But, sorry, at the risk of seeming cruel and uncouth, might we ask for the proof of that?
I see lots of puff pieces and hagiographies, e.g., here, but they come off rather skimpy on listing her achievements as a Justice. OK, I got it: she favored killing unborn children and "promoting" women, but other than that? What?
Just a thought.