Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apparently hasn’t learned her lesson about not making controversial political statements. The last time she did it was to slam Donald Trump during the 2016 election, for which she later issued this apology: "Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect."
Yet in a CBS interview, she was back at it again, asserting that she has “no doubt” that sexism was a “major, major factor” in Hillary Clinton’s loss. Granted, at least she’s now making statements about elections that are over (Note to Hillary Clinton and her supporters: the election is OVER!) Still, when SCOTUS Justices make partisan political statements, they set themselves up for demands that they recuse themselves from any future cases in which the biases they expressed might play a role in their rulings.
Even liberals should be concerned about this: if they want Ginsburg to bring a liberal perspective to politically-charged cases, they shouldn’t want her providing ammunition to the other side that could force her to recuse herself. Many liberals are trying to make the case right now that some of Neil Gorsuch’s speeches to conservative groups such as the Federalist Society undermine his independence. They might want to get that message to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Incidentally, maybe I just think more highly of Americans than the Inside-the-Beltway crowd does (possibly because I actually talk to them), but I believe most voters care far more about policies than they do gender or race. If the Democrats had nominated Bernie Sanders and the Republicans had nominated Condoleezza Rice, do you really think those “sexist, racist” Republican voters would have supported the white male socialist over the African-American woman? Me, neither.
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