The Notorious RBG strikes again:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rabid Internet following is sure to go nuts over the admission that she dozed off at the President’s State of the Union address after drinking a fine wine.
Ginsburg was asked about her SOTU catnap Thursday at George Washington University, where she and her colleague Justice Antonin Scalia were interviewed by NPR.
“The audience for the most part is awake because they’re bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there, stone faced, the sober judges,” Ginsburg said. “But we’re not, at least I was not, 100 percent sober.”
She explained that the justices have dinner together before the annual speech, which she said Scalia hadn’t attended in several years, and that Justice Anthony Kennedy brought along a bottle of California wine that was just too good to resist.
“I vowed this year — just sparkling water, stay away from the wine — but in the end the dinner was so delicious it needed wine to accompany it.”
Gotta love her.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
one bottle of wine split nine ways? I’m thinking she’s not being honest about some jaeger bombs or fireballs
I’m pretty sure she was not the only one at the SOTU with a buzz, or even in her seating area. Dog knows that’s the only way I’d do it, and I’ve been sober for 22 years now.
Well, this explains her rulings.
Crazy, love-lorn criminal governors, what’s next, corrupt mayors? Oops:
@srv: I’m shocked–SHOCKED–to learn there’s corruption in Chicago politics.
Is Bob in Portland Doug J? I know Doug enjoys trolling and I’ve never seen the two of them together. Hmmmm.
Cole, can we have some pup video , please?
Every time I read about RBG, I wish she was a close relative of mine so I could spend time with her. Awesome woman.
That’s awesome. I love RBG so much.
Scalia doesn’t socialize with his fellow justices? Even knowing he’s an egomaniacal douchebag, that seems kinda weird.
@Scott S.: If I were his fellow justices I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth
Couldn't Stand the Weather
She got buzzed and then fell asleep at the SOTU. Heh.
Whereas Justice Thomas falls asleep during oral argument at the Supreme Court. He, Scalia and Alito are such a waste of space.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Scott S.: the story is, or was, that Scalia and RBG were the closest personal friends on the Court. They’re both opera buffs and they and their spouses used to socialize quite a lot. IIRC Toobin’s book said that Bush v Gore caused some friction.
Maddow will have an interview with RBG on Monday.
We noticed her nodding off and were worried that it was something worse. We were relieved to see that when it was over she perked right up.
I absolutely adore this woman!
When asked how many women would be enough to be sitting on the Supreme Court, w/o missing a beat, she said simply: “Nine”.
In yo face!
She is amazing. This is a woman who is entirely out of fucks, and even if she had one, wouldn’t give it to you anyway. BALLER.
I think RBG would be fabulous at the family BBQ.
Scalia has a bigger ego than I thought….he finds himself too special to even party with his peers. At this point on the Incoherent Rage Meter, who has a higher maximum, Fat Tony or Ted Nugent?
Ginsburg falling asleep during SOTU, Thomas falling asleep during oral argument, it’s all the same.
Mike in NC
Naturally, I blame Obama.
@Pogonip: I doubt it. Somebody accused me of being DougJ the other day.
I’d bet a good portion of Congress gets tuned up on coke for all the hopping up and down and clapping they have to do.
She reminds me of some of my grandmother’s friends. When they got together for ma jhong, the glasses clattered as much as the tiles. Couldn’t enjoy their bourbon without lots of ice in it. They were all great story tellers too.
That dude really appears to be an all-round putz from the toes up.
Scalia got lambasted in the press for scowling at the SOTU when President Obama criticized the Citizens United decision. Consequently, Scalia won’t go to the SOTU anymore. Cry-baby.
Anyway, assuming the dinner party was a pre-SOTU gathering, Scalia wouldn’t have shown up simply because he wouldn’t be attending the speech either.
@Dolly Llama: He’s everywhere!
Scalia doesn’t attend the State of the Union address, which is technically what the snippet above says, but it does leave ambiguity about the dinner beforehand.
Paul in KY
@Punchy: A raging Fat Tony is a problem, a raging Ted Nugent…who give’s a fuck?
I’m still wondering about her comment on the ACA being Obama’s legacy. I wonder if that’s a hint on how the vote on Halbig is going to go. Didn’t Scalia throw a little fit at some forum he was speaking at before the original ACA case and the doma ruling?
@Suzanne: We should all be this bold at 82 (or earlier)
Love love love her.
Jack the Second
I would also keep in mind that this is something like her 22nd SOTU. You should get a medal for staying awake through 20 of them.
Wasted RBG is my Hero!
@Dolly Llama: We are all DougJ now.
At least that would be something to make these interminable speeches worthwhile. Sign me up.
During the immediate postwar period and on throughout the Cold War, I suppose there was some utility in having the Joint Chiefs and Supreme Court show up during the State of the Union addresses. It was a show of governmental solidarity for all the world to take it in.
Now that the State of the Union has devolved into a rather petty partisan sneer fest, I would just be happy if the Supreme Court and the military stay away.
RBG is da bomb! love that lady!
Tree With Water
I’d counsel that no woman should ever doze off in the presence of Clarence Thomas.
The Main Gauche of Mild Reason
>Scalia has a bigger ego than I thought….he finds himself too special to even party with his peers.
Come on, he and Ginsburg are vacation buddies. He totally socializes with his fellow justices.
Another Holocene Human
@Punchy: Apparently this is not illegal? What the actual fuck. Maybe that GOP governor can do something fucking useful and change the law on that.
But probably not.
Another Holocene Human
@Keith G: Good point.
GAWD I love her
@Punchy: It has ever been thus. Can’t imagine a real change. Chicago is Chicago and they trot out fairness and transparency every so often – but nothing comes of it. Then it’s back to business. Everyone is busy “greasing” the wheel.