You go, Ma’am!:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work on what she called “one of the most activist courts in history.”
In wide-ranging remarks in her chambers Friday, the leader of the court’s liberal opposition touched on affirmative action, abortion, and same-sex marriage.
Ginsburg said she had made a mistake in joining a 2009 opinion that laid the groundwork for the court’s decision in June effectively striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The recent decision, she said, was “stunning in terms of activism.”
Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Ginsburg has given several this summer, perhaps in reaction to calls from some liberals that she step down in time for President Obama to name her successor…
Her age has required only minor adjustments. “I don’t water ski anymore,” Ginsburg said. “I haven’t gone horseback riding in four years. I haven’t ruled that out entirely. But water skiing, those days are over.”…
ETA: Much as I’d like to “guarantee” another, younger liberal on the bench, I can understand Justic Ginsburg’s determination. As soon as she announces a retirement date, the Opus Dei wing (Roberts, Scalia, Alito & Thomas) will pretend she no longer exists — IRRC, they were pretty rude to Sandra Day O’Connor, who was “on their team” but tragically lacking in the Y-chromosome department. Justice Ginsburg has a good relationship with Scalia, and I think Roberts gives her a little more notice than he does the other liberals just because he’s
afraid of granny ladies inherently biased in favor of age & experience. While she feels capable of fighting, Ginsburg quite naturally wants to keep doing so, especially since she expects some very important and fractious litigation next session.
(Besides, if we time things properly, Justice Obama will be taking his seat in 2017… )