Can We Get That In Writing?
Update: Monday, December 2, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – December 2, 2019 – An earlier call to the offices of The Supreme Court of the United States Public Information Office was placed for the purpose of determining whether or not Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had returned to the bench for oral arguments this morning. She has, in fact, returned. An inquiry was made about an updated Press Release, reflecting Justice Ginsburg’s discharge from the hospital, her condition, and return to the bench, since none had been made public. In order to obtain such information, a written inquiry must be submitted. The Court has not made a Press Release since the initial hospitalization of Justice Ginsburg, November 22nd, as reflected on the Supreme Court website. Her release from hospital and today’s return to the bench is important enough to be put in writing, despite the Thanksgiving break. Contact Supreme Court Information Office
The New York Times‘ Adam Liptak reported Ginsburg’s release from Johns Hopkins early Sunday afternoon:
WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital on Sunday after treatment for chills and a fever, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. ‘She is home and doing well,’ said the spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg.
Justice Ginsburg, 86, has had surgery for lung cancer and radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer in the past year. Over the years, she has also had surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009 and treatment for colon cancer in 1999.
Justice Ginsburg is the senior member of the court’s four-member liberal wing. She has repeatedly vowed to stay on the court as long as her health holds and she remains mentally sharp.
She is a formidable presence on the bench, asking pointed and searching questions. But she moves gingerly, and Justice Clarence Thomas often takes her hand to help her descend the three steps behind the bench after arguments.
Were she to leave the court, President Trump would have the opportunity to nominate a third justice, having appointed Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. A successful nomination would almost certainly move the court further to the right.
There is little question that Senate Republicans would confirm a third Trump nominee even in the waning days of his first term. ‘Oh, we’d fill it,’ Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said in May.
Senate Republicans took a different approach in 2016, refusing to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland in the last year of President Barack Obama’s second term.
Mr. McConnell and his allies say the two situations are different. Where one party controls the Senate and the other the presidency, as in 2016, they say, vacancies should not be filled in a presidential election year. Where the same party controls both the Senate and presidency, they argue, confirmations may proceed.
Democrats say this is hairsplitting hypocrisy that damages the legitimacy of the court. But they would have little practical power to stop a third Trump nominee after changes in Senate rules on filibusters on nominations. All it takes now is a majority vote to confirm judicial nominees.
During the Obama administration, some liberals urged Justice Ginsburg to step down so Mr. Obama could name her successor. She rejected the advice.
The New York Times glossed over information about Congressional rules pertaining to the nomination and confirmation of judges. Indeed, Republican, Mitch McConnell merely appended rules changed by the Senate, then led by Democrat Harry Reid, in 2011. This “nuclear option” effectively killed the 60-vote threshold for overcoming a filibuster, and lowered to a simple majority of 51, the number of votes required to confirm all Obama’s nominees. Supreme Court Justices were not included. Senate Republicans simply voted to allow the option to include Supreme Court nominees. In the wake of political rancor surrounding the confirmation of Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, Democrats found themselves on the receiving end of a sharpened rule change, which they created. Dems Rule Change
Now, they are seriously entertaining how they might pack the Court in their favor, increase the number of justices, and create term limits in lieu of lifetime appointments.
Earlier – Ginsburg Hospitalized
In a press release on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Fox News Reports broke the headline from The Supreme Court of The United States of America, Press Release.
Ginsburg, 86, was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection, the Supreme Court said in a press release.
Her symptoms have abated after intravenous antibiotics and fluids and she is expected to be released from the hospital as early as Sunday morning, according to the release.
Ginsburg has suffered a number of hospital stints recently.
Arguments and Sessions Missed
She missed oral arguments before the high court on Nov. 13 — which she almost never does — due to a stomach bug.
Ginsburg has also had two separate bouts with cancer in the past year. Her recovery from lung cancer caused her to miss court sessions in January, her first time doing so in her quarter-century as a justice.
Bader-Ginsburg has made her case for keeping the seat. She is determined to remain on the Court until she’s no longer fit to serve. The diseases she has fought and other health issues she has overcome, thanks to modern medicine, are serious. This iron-willed wisp of a woman is seen as a powerhouse for “women’s rights.” Outwardly, she appears harmless. As her far-Left ideology continues to be exposed, she appears dangerous.
The Radical RBG
Her positions on full and post-term abortion, lowering the age of sexual consent to twelve, and changing the definition of marriage is an assault on American traditions, faith, cultural values, and societal constraints that were here for a reason. The erosion of America’s identity is due in large part to Leftists’ legislating from the bench. And Ginsburg has been part of that degradation since her confirmation.
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