Words I never thought I'd write: 'Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks for me'

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered an eloquent critique last night of President Obama’s State of the Union address. She joins a new tradition of Supreme Court feedback during a SoTU. Her colleague, Justice Alito, made a bit of history in 2010 by mouthing the words “Not true” when President Obama broke precedent and criticized the Court’s Citizens United decision:

"…it's time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that's why I'm urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."

 

So what did Justice Ginsburg do to top Alito? She appeared to fall asleep. Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard gathered accounts of the moment:

From Dave Briggs

Justice Ginsburg is under pressure to resign so as to allow President Obama to appoint a young successor, something she has resisted. She has beaten cancer and shows no signs of wanting to curl up and expire, despite the wishes of partisans. I hope she hangs in there.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered an eloquent critique last night of President Obama’s State of the Union address. She joins a new tradition of Supreme Court feedback during a SoTU. Her colleague, Justice Alito, made a bit of history in 2010 by mouthing the words “Not true” when President Obama broke precedent and criticized the Court’s Citizens United decision:

"…it's time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that's why I'm urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."

 

So what did Justice Ginsburg do to top Alito? She appeared to fall asleep. Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard gathered accounts of the moment:

From Dave Briggs

From Michelle Malkin

And the video

 

Justice Ginsburg is under pressure to resign so as to allow President Obama to appoint a young successor, something she has resisted. She has beaten cancer and shows no signs of wanting to curl up and expire, despite the wishes of partisans. I hope she hangs in there.