Ginsburg plans to wait out Trump: Darcy cartoon

July 31, 2018

Ginsburg plans to wait out Trump: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio --Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, said in an interview that she plans to stay on the court for at least five more years.   If President Trump is re-elected will she make it six or seven years?

“I’m now 85.  My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years,” said Ginsburg, after attending a play about Justice Antonin Scalia.

Talk of term limits led to a quick dissent from Ginsburg.  “You can’t set term limits, because to do that you’d have to amend the Constitution.  Article 3 says... we hold our offices during good behavior.  And most judges are very well behaved,” Ginsburg joked.

Ginsburg answer to another question may have hinted that she could have been thinking about more than Justice Steven’s retirement age.

When Ginsburg was asked what gives her hope, she recalled her late husband Marty.

“My dear spouse would say that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle -- it is the pendulum.  And when it goes very far in one direction you can count on its swinging back.”

Was that a reference to the Trump presidency?

Democrats, repulsed by Trump as the symbol of the United States and frightened by his SCOTUS picks, will be relieved that Ginsburg has no plans to retire before the 2020 election.  They probably would also like to know Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement plans.

Trump may not seek re-election, despite acting like he will.

If Trump is re-elected, Ginsburg would likely be motivated to stay on six or seven years.  But I’m not convinced Trump will even seek re-election.

Putting aside the Mueller investigation, and any developments that might directly impact the future of Trump’s presidency, I suspect Trump will try to find a way to exit The White House and Washington D.C. gracefully, after one term.

Trump has already given an interview in which  he confided that the presidency was much more difficult and less enjoyable than he anticipated.   He’d much rather be living in Trump Tower and spending his time on the golf course and capitalizing on being a former president, at his age.

It would fit Trump’s m.o. to find an exit strategy where he can declare victory.  He’ll say  that he did what he set out to do as president and can do no more because of the deep state conspiracy, the Mueller witch hunt, the media, and likely, a Democrat-controlled House.

Democrats gearing up to run the likes of Biden or Warren against Trump in 2020, could instead be facing someone like Nikki Haley.

It’s ironic that Ginsburg made her comment about serving at least five more years after watching a play about Justice Scalia.   Who knows how long Scalia intended to serve until he became another lesson that no one is promised even their next breath, let alone five years. 

For the sake of the court and country, here’s wishing Justice Ginsburg good health.

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