For the past six months, a rumor has been floating around Washington DC that US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg would probably retire this year prior to the presidential election. That would have given Obama the chance to appoint another liberal to the court to fill her seat.
However, sources close to Ginsberg are saying that the 78 year old justice has no plans to end her 18 years on the nation’s highest bench.
Ginsburg’s decision to remain on the bench means that she will be part of the court to hear the case on Obamacare and the insurance mandate. This may not bode well for most Americans as Ginsburg is considered to be one of the liberal members of the high court and will be more apt to rule in Obama’s favor.
Her tenure on the court places her in a position to write the dissenting opinions if the court’s decision is split and she is on the minority side. She also seems to be in a position to write the majority rulings as she has written six of them that the court has published this past week.
The justice’s health has been a concern for some time. She was treated for colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, which is one reason why a number of people felt she was contemplating retirement.
Even though she is a liberal judge, Ginsberg’s decision to remain on the bench could be a positive turn for the Republicans who want a more conservative court than we have now. The GOP is hopeful of regaining the White House come November and doing so would put the next president in position to replace Ginsburg or any other judge retiring after the election.
Replacing Ginsberg with a conservative judge could be enough of a difference to influence the outcome of a number of issues. At this point, we can only hope and pray that the GOP wins and that Ginsburg will decide to retire in another year or two.