Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has long been one of the left’s most influential advocates. She was nominated for the position by President Bill Clinton in 1993 as the second-ever female justice and the first Jewish female justice. When she was first appointed, she was thought to be more of a moderate Democrat. However, over the years she has seemingly moved farther and farther to the left and is now considered as through and through liberal. As such she is a crucial part of the justice team and makes sure that the left is represented well.
However, in light of both her age and some recent health concerns, there is much worry among the liberal ranks as to how much longer she will be able to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
The first incident took place earlier this month when Ginsberg took a day off of work due to what appeared to be a stomach bug of some sort. A witness close to Ginsberg said that she had seemed quite “shaky” the day before her absence. But after her day off and the subsequent weekend, she was back at work, showing no signs of illness.
But only one week later, she was hospitalized for yet another health issue. This one appeared to be an infection of some kind. The New York Times reported, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Friday night after experiencing chills and fever earlier in the day, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said on Saturday.”
The news report continued, saying that Ginsberg had initially been seen at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington before being taken to Johns Hopkins for “further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection.”
Her spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg, said that Ginsberg’s “symptoms abated after treatment with intravenous antibiotics and fluids.” And she added that Ginsberg was expected to be released on Sunday morning if all went well.
And true to the hospital’s assumptions, she was released on Sunday and was noted to be feeling better.
However, the two illnesses in just as many weeks, have called some on the left to be quite nervous. Some have even referred to the issue as a “constant concern.”
As The Washington Post notes, “Ginsberg’s health is a constant concern for liberals, who fear President Trump could replace her with a conservative justice. He has already chosen two members of the court, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.”
And the Post is not the only media outlet to report similar findings of her health.
Politico wrote, “Ginsburg has repeatedly swatted away concerns regarding her health. But the possibility that she will no longer be a formidable presence on the court is worrisome for liberal interests. If she were to leave, President Donald Trump would have the opportunity to shift the court further to the right by nominating a third justice.”
CNN’s legal analyst Joan Biskupic has also spoken of the concerns for the left if Ginsberg were to step down. She said bluntly, “Yes, Democrats are nervous. First of all… she’s a hero to them so they want her to stay alive and well. She’s the senior liberal on the bench. If she were to feel the need to step down, it would transform this Supreme Court.”
And Biskupic continued, “She took a chance, a bit of a chance, when she declined to step down during President Obama’s tenure, which would have given him an opportunity to appoint someone younger while he was in office but she felt a mission in her work and Democrats have just had to live with that.”
And live with it they have. She has been embraced by them, and now they fear for a Supreme Court without her.
Not only has Ginsberg had two recent illnesses rather close together, but she has also had two quite serious cancer scares this year. So to say her health and age is a concern is quite an understatement.
For now, it seems she is still determined to work for the left. But one could easily imagine the possibility of her stepping down soon if her health continues to be a problem.