Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quits Water-Skiing — No Plans To Resign From Supreme Court

Jewish Liberal Mainstay Suggests She'll Stay Past Obama

Not Going Anywhere: Ruth Bader Ginsburg insists she is in good health and has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court anytime soon.
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Not Going Anywhere: Ruth Bader Ginsburg insists she is in good health and has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court anytime soon.

By Forward Staff

Published August 25, 2013.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is in good health, has no plans to resign and isn’t considering the identity or ideology of the president in making her decision.

“There will be a president after this one, and I’m hopeful that that president will be a fine president,” the 80-year-old jurist told the New York Times.

The mainstay of the court’s liberal minority said in a wide-ranging interview that she continued to be shocked at the “activist” bent of the top court’s effective conservative majority on issues like voting rights and affirmative action.

She said repeatedly that she will not consider resigning while President Obama is in the White House to allow him to presumably appoint a like-minded justice.

Court vote-counters say if a Republican president is elected in 2016 and gets to name her successor, the court could be fundamentally reshaped for years to come.

Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, said she intended to stay on the court “as long as I can do the job full steam.”

“I love my job,” she said. “I thought last year I did as well as in past terms.”

Ginsburg, who has survived two bouts with cancer, says her health is now good.

She insisted that her age has required only minor adjustments to an active lifestyle.

“I don’t water-ski anymore,” Ginsburg told the paper. “I haven’t gone horseback riding in four years. I haven’t ruled that out entirely. But water-skiing, those days are over.”


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