I thought she'd retire before the end of Obama's first term so O could put another lib on the court just in case Mitt Romney won in 2012. But that didn't happen. Now she is signaling that she could stay past Obama's 2nd term.
Justice Ruth Ginsburg said she has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court, and suggested she could continue her work after President Obama’s term.
In an interview published Sunday by The New York Times, Ginsburg said she was in good health after surviving two bouts with cancer. She said she intended to keep working “as long as I can do the job full steam.”
She also said she was hopeful the president after Obama “will be a fine president,” a statement that could indicate the end of Obama’s term is not a factor in her plans.
Ginsburg, 80, is seen as the justice more likely to retire next from the court. If Obama was to chose her replacement, it would be another liberal unlikely to change the court’s balance.
But if a Republican were to pick her successor, it could solidify a conservative tilt on the court.
Ginsburg had a few sharp observations about the court, which she described as “one of the most activist courts in history.”
She was particularly critical of the decision this summer to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, which she said was “stunning in terms of activism.”
She was also critical of Congress, which she said didn’t seem to have the ability to “move on anything.”