In class this week we discussed Justice Scalia’s history and background on the Supreme Court, and we briefly mentioned the oldest member of the current Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. We widely agreed that Scalia is quite the character on the Supreme Court, but I believe that conversation of the most interesting and dynamic justices is incomplete without discussion of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
We brought up the idea that she might think of retiring soon, since under the Obama presidency there is at least a chance that she would be replaced with a fellow liberal judge (a slim chance, seeing as the Senate is now under Republican control). She hears all of this talk (and actual public requests for her to step down), and scoffs at it.
This op-ed discusses Ginsberg’s fierce commitment to her position, as well as her loyal — and surprising — young, feminist fan-base. There is a blog that traces all of her personal moves (including her infamous nap at this year’s State of the Union) and judicial decisions, titled Notorious R.B.G.
My favorite quote from the article was from MSNBC contributor, Irin Carmon, who says of Ginsberg:
The kind of raw excitement that surrounds her is palpable. There’s a counterintuitiveness. We have a particular vision of someone who’s a badass — a 350-pound rapper. And she’s this tiny Jewish grandmother. She doesn’t look like our vision of power, but she’s so formidable, so unapologetic, and a survivor in every sense of the word.
The blog often takes Beyonce lyrics, and inserts them onto images of R.B.G., including my personal favorite: