When it was first announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was undergoing surgery, many people on both sides of the political aisle wished her a speedy recovery. But it appears that her recovery may not be as speedy as anyone had hoped.
But that is not all. Given Ginsburg’s position and the fact that if she leaves the bench, President Donald Trump would be able to nominate a third justice for the Supreme Court, there are reasons why some on the left might be pushing for any truly poor recovery to be covered-up.
To date, while Ginsburg has not attended oral arguments at the court, she has reportedly been doing at least some work at home while she recovers. CNN wrote that she has been reviewing briefings from home.
In addition, while the other members of the Supreme Court will be in attendance at a “regularly scheduled conference — Ginsburg is likely to vote by proxy.” While this may be understandable while in recovery, it hardly seems like a legitimate way to perform her duties on a permanent basis.
That would be, by all accounts, simply her and the left wanting to hold onto the seat to prevent Trump from appointing another justice. There are those who say that the left uses the judiciary to create law.
On top of all of that, Ginsburg has canceled appearances at two upcoming events. Talking Points Memo noted that one event was slated for January 29 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California where she was going to give a speech.
The reason given for her cancellation, according to the Skirball event description, was that “the Justice is curtailing travel and focusing on her work while recuperating from recent surgery.” She has already missed two weeks of oral arguments, and now foresees being out unable to leave home for roughly another two weeks.
The second event that was canceled, according to CNN, was “a long-planned conversation between Ginsburg and the financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein.”
This event was supposed to happen on February 6. The 92nd Street Y is looking at rescheduling the event, and CNN reported that they explained the reason for the event cancellation by email.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regrets that she is unable to attend the talk with David Rubenstein at 92Y on February 6. She is curtailing travel and focusing on her work while recuperating from recent surgery.”