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Justice Ginsburg's Unwillingness to Retire a Liberal 'Nightmare'

2:06 PM, Jul 7, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal flags this AP report from the weekend about the growing impatience of the left with Ruth Bader-Ginsburg:

Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court's future: President Barack Obama is defeated for re-election next year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench.

But Ginsburg could retire now and allow Obama to name a like-minded successor whose confirmation would be in the hands of a Democratic-controlled Senate. "She has in her power the ability to prevent a real shift in the balance of power on the court," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California at Irvine law school. "On the other hand, there's the personal. How do you decide to leave the United States Supreme Court?"

Aside from the general ghoulishness of the sentiment, that doesn't suggest a great deal of confidence in Barack Obama, now does it?

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