Ruth Bader Ginsburg has not been seen in public since December 6, 2018. She underwent surgery on her left lung on December 21, 2018. She was scheduled to attend a function called: “An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg” in Los Angeles last Tuesday. That was cancelled. She also cancelled a second engagement scheduled for February 6, 2019.
There is a lot of speculation about this, from both sides of the aisle. The MSM has been running reports saying this is no big deal. There are some right-wing sites that range from having her terminally ill to even being dead already. Odds are none of the people speculating have any real inside information.
There is one alleged whistle-blower, unidentified, who says Ginsburg is in a medically induced coma and on life support.
This person claims the plan is to keep Ginsburg on life support until after January 2020, to prevent Trump from nominating her replacement. This seems too irresponsible to believe, until one reflects on the Kavanaugh hearings. After that charade, it is clear that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee would do ANYTHING to stop Trump from nominating another Supreme Court Justice. This type of plan may not work, but there certainly would be no ethical restraints even considered by Senate Democrats.
This is all about to go public, one way or the other. The State of the Union is scheduled for next Tuesday and if Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not there, all the networks will notice that. In addition, if she continues to miss oral arguments and miss scheduled appearances a lot of people will start demanding answers.
She is 85 years old and this is hardly her first medical concern. We all know people who suffered serious serious injuries or major surgery at this age who never really recover. That is sad, but far from uncommon. There clearly is something going on here and the longer this goes the less likely she will ever return. If someone is off work for six months there is less than a 50% chance of them ever returning to work. That is true even for much younger people.
There is another, even bigger problem for liberal Democrats. There are currently nine justices with a typical 5 – 4 split between conservative and liberal justices. When Scalia died, that left a 4 – 4 split, which means a lot of controversial issues ended in a tie. But Ginsburg is probably the most liberal justice, so if she is not available, the result is likely to be a lot of 5 – 3 decisions. So even if Democrats find a way to run out the clock, at best they are likely to end up with a huge adverse split over the rest of the year and then, regardless of who is chosen, at best a continued 5 – 4 split. That is guaranteed to keep them up at night. If Trump gets to appoint a replacement it is likely to result in a 6 – 3 split. The point being, that at best, liberal Democrats will be sucking air, it is just a matter of how much air.
TMZ published a video supposed showing Ginsburg being loaded into a car outside her apartment at 9:00 a.m. on January 9, 2019. A link to the video is attached:
It is impossible to tell if this is Ginsburg. Even if it is her, which is far from clear, this shows a very frail person and it would hardly be proof of her making a full recovery. It had previously been reported that she was released from the hospital on December 25, 2018. If this was her, she looks to be seriously ill and possibly on the way to a medical facility.
Either way, even if Ginsburg makes a miraculous recovery, liberal Democrats are clearly courting disaster.