Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided” http://t.co/WvLrqi1gap
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) September 23, 2014
Guess I’ll have to check out the fashion section at the local B&N newstand:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I’m Not Going Anywhere
… In a rare interview—featured exclusively in the October issue of ELLE—she speaks frankly with Jessica Weisberg about everything from riding an elephant with Antonin Scalia to why people who want her to resign so President Obama can appoint another progressive justice are nuts.
… What do you make of the term activist judge?
Depends on whose ox is being gored. You think of activism, Congress is supposed to make the laws. So, it passed a campaign finance law. This court says, “No, Congress, you can’t do that.” This court is labeled conservative, but it has held invalid more statutes than most courts. That’s why I say that activism is like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” So the answer to the question: If a judge is called an activist, you know the person saying that doesn’t like the decision…
Does it make a difference having three women justices?
Yes, an enormous difference….When Sandra left, I was all alone…. Now Kagan is on my left, and Sotomayor is on my right. So we look like we’re really part of the court and we’re here to stay. Also, both of them are very active in oral arguments. They’re not shrinking violets. It’s very good for the schoolchildren who parade in and out of the court to see…
Lots more goodies at the link, including RBG’s salute to her late husband Martin Ginsburg and a life-long romance.
In other social news, the Washington Post notes RBG just accepted the Institute for Education‘s 2014 Cultural Diplomacy Award.
Apart from honoring our warriors, what’s on the agenda for the day?