An inconvenient Justice
It is dawning on the Left that their messiah is turning into a Pied Piper, and some among them are scared that a conservative successor to President Obama would appoint too many Supreme Court justices. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 78 and a colon and pancreatic cancer survivor, and as such, is just beginning to see opinions starting to be published to the effect that she should leave the bench now, so as to allow President Obama and the Democrat-led Senate confirm a left wing justice to replace her.
Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the brightest stars among left wing legal intellectuals and founding dean of the left-wing oriented UC Irvine Law School, for instance:
"She has in her power the ability to prevent a real shift in the balance of power on the court,"
Translation: "You're almost dead anyway. Just get out now so we can continue to rewrite the Constitution."
Ann Althouse highlighted this and other comments from the ghoulish ideologues who want the woman who never missed a day on the bench while going through chemo and radiation therapy twice to give up her place at the highest bench of all. Because their guy is so certain to lose. Or maybe just in case. Whatever. She should put aside her effort to live life to the fullest after beating the Big C. Twice.
I have never been an admirer of Justice Ginsburg's work, but every report I have read indicates she is a charming person, hard working, smart, and likable, good friends with at least one conservative colleague. I certainly admire the way she has battled colon, and then pancreatic cancer, and refused to give up on life. I suspect that she does not take it as a certainty that she will be dead in 5 or 6 years.
I wonder how a woman like this, so full of spirit, will react to this beginning of a bullying campaign to give up on her fight for her life and her work. Does she see herself as a member of a movement, willingly subjugating her own fate to the ultimate triumph of La causa? I suspect Justice Ginsberg is more of an academic liberal, her pathway as a law professor and ACLU general counsel being built on abstractions. Now that it is personal, I wonder if the underlying message bothers her?
I love it when the Left unmasks itself so unselfconsciously. They do not like human life very much. If it gets inconvenient, they have no hesitation to push aside individual lives in pursuit of the Great Cause.
It's right there for anyone to seem including Justice Ginsburg.
Hat tip: Instapundit