Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Historical Absence Spells Doom For Democrats

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John Roberts shocked liberals across America when he opened the new Supreme Court session with these words: Justice Ruth Ginsburg is unable to be here.

He went on to say she would try to work from home as she recovers from lung cancer surgery and with that the left went into a full panic.

Trump has two years left in his first term and if Ginsburg was unable to perform her duties the conservatives on the bench would have a huge numerical advantage.

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She doesn’t have to step down (or if God forbid something happened to her) to deal the left a critical blow – if she is not up to the job but won’t step down, the end result is the same – the left will be diminished on the court to the point of irrelevancy.

Right now John Roberts is the swing vote, without Ginsburg, there is no swing vote. So while they will spin this as no big deal, it is devastating news for the left. From The Hill:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will miss a Supreme Court session on Monday for the first time in her more than two decades on the bench.

Supreme Court Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg is working from home after undergoing surgery on Dec. 21 to remove two cancerous nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung, which were discovered incidentally during tests performed at the George Washington University hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall on Nov. 7.

Arberg said Ginsburg will participate in the cases using briefs, filings and transcripts of oral arguments.

The Supreme Court justices are back on the bench Monday for the first time in the new year. The court will hear arguments in two cases.

The first is a battle over the preemption federal and state laws and the second case is over whether fair debt collection laws apply to nonjudicial foreclosures, which do not require a court’s approval.

The Supreme Court could not say if Ginsburg will be out for the remainder of the week. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

From CNBC: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a lung procedure to remove a cancerous growth on Friday, the Supreme Court said in a release.

She is “resting comfortably” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. 

There was no evidence of any remaining disease following the surgery, the court said. There was no evidence of disease elsewhere in Ginsburg’s body, and no further treatment is planned.

Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered “incidentally” during tests to treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall last month.
Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation. 

The news comes as Ginsburg is recovering from three rib fractures she sustained after falling in her office on Nov. 7.

Ginsburg has quickly recovered from a number of health issues in recent years. The former ACLU litigator has survived multiple bouts with cancer, and in 2014 underwent a procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery.

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