Those hoping Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be stepping down soon just got a rude awakening.
Fully recovered now from last year’s fall and cancer surgery, Justice Ginsburg recently said that she wants to be on the court for at least as long as the late Justice John Paul Stevens, The Hill reports.
86 and going strong
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be a bit slower and a bit more deliberate than she was even several years ago, but she still seems to be as sharp as a tac.
This is bad news for anyone that wants her off the bench, because she doesn’t appear to be willing to go anywhere other than to the Supreme Court for many years to come.
She expressed that exact sentiment recently when discussing the late Justice Stevens, who, as you may recall, served on the court for just shy of 35 years.
“My dream is that I will stay on the court as long as he did,” Ginsburg said. The 86-year-old justice has served 26 years on the high court so far.
If she lives up to her word, she would outlast Donald Trump even if he won a second term. However, that would mean Ginsburg would be on the court at the age of 93, which is highly unlikely.
Getting things done
Many have wondered why Ginsburg still wants to serve, considering that she could retire comfortably from the court whenever she wants.
But according to the eldest justice on the high court, the work is what gets her through the tough times, including her recent health struggles.
“The work is really what saved me, because I had to concentrate on reading the briefs, doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew it had to get done,” she said. “So, I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were just to do the job.”
In recent years, Ginsburg has become somewhat of an icon in liberal circles and is arguably one of the most popular Supreme Court justices of all time.
That may change now, though, as she recently spoke out against the liberal movement of adding more justices to the bench to swing the pendulum of power over to the liberal ideology.