By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
Some people I have talked to have believed she's been dead for some time, and that the Democrats were trying to delay knowledge of her death until after the election with the hopes that a Democrat Party President of the United States could choose her replacement. This news of her death, today, however, cancels the Ruth Bader "Weekend at Bernie's" Ginsburg jokes. What it does do, though, is place the country in a very interesting position.
Liberal Democrats pressured Ginsburg to step down during the Obama years, but she refused. Perhaps she was sure Hillary Clinton would be the President following Obama, and perhaps she felt strong enough in her mind that she felt she would outlive Trump's terms should he be the 45th President.
Ginsburg is only the second female justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court, and the Democrats championed her as a great feminist and a woman who has helped shatter the "glass ceiling" for women.
Her work in the federal court system began long before she was appointed to the High Court. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until Clinton tapped her for the Supreme Court.