Ruth Bader Ginsburg has every right to her opinion. As a United States Supreme Court Justice, she gets paid for her opinion, but it should be an opinion based on her interpretation of the United States Constitution. Her recent public comments about likely Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump, are not becoming of a member of the bench at any level.
In a story printed in the July 11 edition of the New York Times, Ginsburg said “I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president. For the country it could be four years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
The Times piece was an expansive interview with Ginsburg. Make no mistake, however, her Trump comments gave the “paper of record” another excuse to continue its daily assault on Trump, by making her specific remarks the lead to the story. That, by the way, is the newspaper’s right. If it wants to batter conservatives every day with left leaning journalism, go for it. If it wants to assault Trump in print every day, go for it. The First Amendment – while it is still around – is what makes our nation tick. For Ginsburg, on the other hand, her action to exercise her opinion in public, personally critical of a presidential candidate, demonstrates bad judgement.
Imagine, a major league baseball umpire stating, “If the Cincinnati Reds hire so-and-so as manager, I can’t imagine what the game would be.” What chance would the Reds have of getting a fair call from that umpire? So presume if Trump was elected president. What fair chance would he have, if a case from his administration came before the high court?
At 83, Ginsburg states she has no plans of leaving her job, if her energy level remains high. But she is concerned about other aging justices and what it could mean to the bench, depending on the next presidential election. Again, that’s fine. It’s no secret justices have their political leanings. Being so blatant as to specifically point the finger at one candidate, however, crosses the line for somebody in her position.
Her bad judgement may be an indication it’s time for Ginsburg to pack it in, otherwise, if the new game is for justices to start publicly campaigning for or against a particular candidate, then maybe it’s time the people start electing U.S. Supreme Court Justices.