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No country for old justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, goes missing at Supreme Court

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11.01.2019

With much of the country distracted by the government shutdown over the Mexican border wall, another issue of potentially far greater importance is lurking in the background – the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or ‘RBG’ as she is popularly known.

Ginsburg, 85, has been absent from the Court ever since she underwent surgery to remove two malignant tumors from her left lung on Dec. 21. The absence marks the first time in 25 years that RBG has missed oral arguments. Naturally, this news has put Washington, hyperactive on the calmest of days, into hysterical crazy mode. That’s because Donald Trump may find himself in a position to fill a third Supreme Court vacancy, a feat last accomplished by Ronald Reagan.

‘Preparations’ BEING made in case of Ruth Bader Ginsburg VACANCY... #RBGhttps://t.co/Wv6OBODaZ9

Lionel, a regular RT commentator and host of his own podcast, summed up the significance of the situation: “Let me remind you that the court is at a 5-4 conservative-liberal makeup,” he wrote via email. “Conservative Brett Kavanaugh replaced the conservative [Anthony] Kennedy and still it was a confirmation bloodbath. With an RBG replacement the court shifts 6-3 conservative. And with [Stephen] Breyer, a spry 80, eyeing theoretical retirement, his departure would make the court 7-2 conservative…”

In other words, the Republicans look set to establish conservative legal precedent across the American heartland long into the future, and this has the Democrats very worried.

It wasn’t very bright of them to leave her on the bench, Obama should’ve replaced her. It’s like it never occurred to them that they could lose. #RBG

According to a report by Politico, the Trump administration is already “taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates,” a move that will most likely attract accusations of ‘opportunism’ from the Democrats. Yet it seems that the........

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