Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an icon to those on the left. They see her as their hero and stalwart on the Court. But they’re not going to like what Ginsburg had to say about the Kavanaugh hearing.
Justice Ginsburg decried the partisanship on display during the hearing.
She spoke of the bipartisanship on display when she was confirmed and wished that Kavanaugh received the same fair treatment that she had receieved.
“The way it was, was right,” she told former Ginsburg clerk and current California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu. “The way it is, is wrong. The atmosphere in ’93 was truly bipartisan.”
She had proof. Ginsburg recalled that the Clinton White House handlers were “nervous” about the 10 years she spent litigating cases under the ACLU board. They were convinced that the Senate would press her on that part of her judicial record. She told the White House she refused to “bad mouth” the group, but it turned out she didn’t need to anyway. There was “not a single question from any senator about it,” she said.
It was the same for Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia. Scalia had been on D.C. circuit and the Senate had plenty of material to work with in terms of their interrogation. Yet, the vote was unanimous – every Democrat and every Republican voted for him.
“That’s the way it should be,” she said.
Republicans knew she was liberal. Yet they also recognized that she was qualified and judged based on qualifications, not politics.
By contrast, Democrats wanted every document Kavanaugh ever had anything to do with ever, asking for more documents than ever in history and spent the hearings lying and smearing him.
“I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was,” Ginsburg said.
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Ginsburg shows the SCOTUS disturbance at how Senators behaved in the hearing was bipartisan.
This followed comments by Justice Clarence Thomas who also chastised the way people carried on in the hearing, saying they should be concentrating on the proper questions, not performing as “Spartacus,” referring to Sen. Cory Booker’s grandstanding.
The SCOTUS appears to be a model of that bipartisanship, with Ginsburg and the late Justice Antonin Scalia forming a close friendship despite being on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Ginsburg spoke of her “special fondness” for Scalia last year while receiving a civility award.
During the interview with Liu about the Kavanaugh hearing, Ginsburg appeared to be speaking slowly and her head was frequently down, raising questions about whether she was well.