Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg still do the job “full steam”?
The Notorious RBG said in 2013 that she’d continue her work as a Supreme Court justice as long as she can do it that way — and as such, now that the justice is missing work for the first time in 25 years of service, some have speculated that the Supreme Court Justice is now pondering retirement.
Still Absent from the Bench
Through all of her previous medical issues, Ginsburg has never missed a day of arguments — so when she missed her first full week this week, retirement rumors started to run rampant.
It is RBG’s own comments that have started this speculation.
When interviewed several years ago, Ginsburg was asked when she thought she would retire.
During that 2013 interview with the New York Times, RBG stated: “As long as I can do the job full steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable.”
Delaying the Inevitable
While Ginsburg still appears to be mentally sharp, her age and physical health are what’s really at stake here.
Finding out she once again had signs of cancer must have been devastating, but so was the fall that led to its discovery.
In addition to its implications for her health, there is also some concern about the reason for the fall.
From all reports, she was merely going about her daily business in her chambers when she apparently lost her balance and went down.
This is something that could easily happen again, resulting in more time lost off the bench of the Supreme Court.
There is little doubt on the conservative side of the aisle that RBG is putting off her retirement until Trump is out of office.
In the meantime, though, there is an empty seat on the court while its oldest justice works from home.