Monday, January 07, 2019

Oh Noes! Supreme court, Aieeeee!

There is no joy in Mudville, Mighty Ginsberg has stepped out.

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

I can tell you how much "work from home" an 85 year old lady is getting done during her recovery from lung surgery. Not a lot. The description "painful" doesn't cover it. "Agonizing" is closer, but still falls short. She'll be lucky to be able to watch TV unassisted right now, between recovering from the anesthetic and the pain killers. Expecting her to read and understand legal arguments while wasted on Oxycontin, you'd have to be a Liberal to expect that.

That means SC spokesbabe Kathy Arberg's word on the issue is... I'm going with "optimistic."

Clearly the End Times have arrived, if you're a Liberal. For Conservatives, we feel kinda bad that ol' Ruthy is having a hard time, but slightly relieved that the Law of Gravity won't be getting repealed this session. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has been heard saying gravity is racist, we were a bit concerned.

The Phantom


WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

...where "lung surgery" is a euphemism for the removal of cancerous tumors.

The odds of her making it to 2020 are...slim.

The Phantom said...

Yeah, she's pretty well toast at this point. Lung cancer surgery is a "we took out everything we could find" type of thing. More will come along later.

At 85, recovery from a hip replacement takes a couple of months, they're usually goofy from the anesthetic for two-three weeks, but at least they're off pain killers the first week.

Chest surgery? Not so much. That shit hurts.

DVSONE said...

When the Supreme Court finally becomes Ruth-less, the DemocRATS’ shifty Progressive agenda will be derailed as they won’t be able to reliably Legislate from a Liberal Judicial branch anymore.

Cloudbuster said...

There will be a body on a heart-lung machine, full life-support, and we'll be encouraged to believe Ginsberg is "recuperating" until after the 2020 election, unless someone forces their hand.

GWB said...

"Until 2020." When the Dems will invoke the McConnell rule and refuse to consider a nominee until after the election. No, Cloudbuster, they don't need to keep her on ice until after the election, just until that last year starts, then jump up and down and scream "Merrick Garland! Merrick Garland!" all year. That makes it an election issue for them, and a turnout generator.

Yes, I know McConnell could make the distinction between guaranteed lame duck and potential lame duck (and that was a distinction he made with Garland) and push a nomination anyway. But he risks turning a Blue Puddle into a real wave - one that affects Trump's chances - if he does that. And he risks defecting Republicans who are afraid of said wave, which then sinks the nomination.

Dave said...

Weekend At Ginsburg's.

Paul said...

RBG hasn't read a case in years. She just raises her hand when called.

The ultimate irony is that the minute her funeral is over, the Donald will name a replacement. Mitch will announce hearings. Dems will scream Garland! and demand that the vote be delayed until after the 2020 election to no avail. Good times.

Bandit said...

Take her to the vet

Fen said...

That will happen anyway. Republicans need to stop pre-emptively surrendering because Chris Mathews might tell lies about them.

We never overplay our hand. We always err on the side of caution. We play a prevent defense for 4 quarters and are then surprised to lose by 3 field goals.

That needs to stop.

JonRobert said...

As a far leftist, she already knows the answers, so no hard work needed in her convalescence.
And YES, Roberts, there ARE Bush judges and Soetoro judges

The Phantom said...

Welcome Instapundit commenters!

I think Cloudbuster called it. Political operatives will keep ol' Ruthie propped up in her chair with pillows until she finally shuffles off this mortal coil. In the meantime they can use the fact that she's ailin' to get out the 2020 Fruitbat vote.

Can she last until November 2020? Maybe. Depends how much damage there was, how the rest of her body is doing, etc. It's not impossible she could stay alive another two years.

Can she perform her duties at the Supreme Court? Please.

Does it matter? No.

They'll keep wheeling her out for the cameras until her last breath. Because they don't care about her, and they don't care about America. She's just another tool being used until she breaks. Then they'll toss her in the ditch and grab the next thing that comes to hand.

Rick Caird said...

Ginsberg is not some giant legal mind. She is a reliable leftist vote who will try to fit the law into her desired outcome. The left tries to fit her into some kind of trailblazer, but she is not. She is easily replaced by another reliable vote like Sotomayor. The left would have you believe in Ginsberg, but she is really quite ordinary,

Rick C said...

"Can she last until November 2020? Maybe. Depends how much damage there was, how the rest of her body is doing, etc. It's not impossible she could stay alive another two years."

The median lifespan of a person with stage 4 lung cancer, which this probably is, seeing as how she's already had cancer twice, is 8 months.

Anonymous said...

No attendance while being alert, no vote on the case result.

Why does this simple universal NOT apply to RBG?

The Phantom said...

"Why does this simple universal NOT apply to RBG?"

Because she's a DemocRat, dude. Obviously! It's different when the old groaner nodding off during arguments is a DemocRat. They're more holy and stuff, y'know?

You should know how this works by now. The individual means nothing. The law means nothing. It is the Party that matters!

They've been doing this shit right in front of us the whole time, but people seem to just not get it. Its hard to imagine people really and truly being that evil, isn't it?