Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just stunned the left and ended their dream to pack the Supreme Court. The left has suffered some massive defeats of late mostly on the judiciary.
It is no small thing to say Trump and the GOP have drastically altered the makeup of the federal judiciary and has set the stage for more conservative courts for years to come.
The left’s solution to losing on Kavanaugh and Gorsuch is to pack the bench if they ever get the chance.
After Mueller’s dud yesterday it looks like 4 more years of Trump and worse for the left, without Ruth’s support their plan would never work anyway.
From NPR: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview Tuesday that she does not favor proposals put forth by some Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated changing the number of Supreme Court justices if the Democrats win the presidency.
“Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said, adding, “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”
“If anything would make the court look partisan,” she said, “it would be that — one side saying, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to enlarge the number of judges, so we would have more people who would vote the way we want them to.’ “
That impairs the idea of an independent judiciary, she said.
“We are blessed in the way no other judiciary in the world is,” she noted. “We have life tenure. The only way to get rid of a federal judge is by impeachment. Congress can’t retaliate by reducing our salary, so the safeguards for judicial independence in this country, I think, are as great or greater than anyplace else in the world.”
But the whole notion of the country’s independent judiciary hinges on public trust, she noted.
“The court has no troops at its command,” Ginsburg pointed out, “doesn’t have the power of the purse, and yet time and again, when the courts say something, people accept it.”
Ginsburg is not oblivious to health concerns, but she waves away worries about her future.
“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” she recalled. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I,” she added with a smile, “am very much alive.”