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posted by takyon on Saturday September 19 2020, @12:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the september-surprise dept.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. She was 87.

"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice."

Architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation's highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:00AM (11 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:00AM (#1053159) Homepage Journal

    So using their own logic,

    Logic? In politics? Never, it's all about power. Obama didn't have the power to force the issue. I think Trump has enough power to force it through. We will know for sure in just a very few days - probably within the week. I expect the new judge to be seated before Trump is sworn in again.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:36AM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:36AM (#1053187)

    The Republican party is smart enough to know that doing so will cost them the Senate. Gardner, Collins, Tillis, McSally, and a couple others are on the fence as it is. Running negative ads so close to the election of their own words against them might just be enough to finish them off.

    They also know that no matter who is nominated, they will be pro-corporate and they also know it is not in their long-term interest to overturn Row v. Wade. The best choice, by far, for the Republican party is to keep the status quo going while making plenty of noise.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:39AM (6 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:39AM (#1053193) Journal

      I don't trust the current GOP to be even selfishly rational any longer though. They're basically the Taliban, except too fat and lazy and low-testosterone to grow facial hair.

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      • (Score: 4, Touché) by Runaway1956 on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:49AM (2 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 19 2020, @01:49AM (#1053203) Homepage Journal

        The rhetoric is strong in this one . . .

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        • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @02:38AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @02:38AM (#1053228)

          The ignorance is overwhelming with this one . . .

          • (Score: 0, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @07:33AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @07:33AM (#1053329)

            No, with Runaway, the ignorance is this one. Runaway is so stupid, that they rejected him in the casting call for Dumb and Dumber! When they tried an IQ test on him, it was a negative number! Once, when the thought they had found the stupidest person in the world, they then found Runaway, and realized their entire metric was insufficient by orders of magnitude! And when the Russian "Happy Bear" hacker farm found him, they could not believe their luck. Who knew Americans could be so stupid! Carry on, Comrade Runaway! Even if you do not understand why we say this, the Motherland thanks you.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @05:50AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @05:50AM (#1053282)

        And the Democrooks are any better?

        Do you vote third party?

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @08:19AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @08:19AM (#1053358)

        I also like to read opinions of masculinity from lesbians.

      • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Sunday September 20 2020, @02:53AM

        by Immerman (3985) on Sunday September 20 2020, @02:53AM (#1053798)

        I don't trust the Republican voting base to care about hypocrisy - given the rampant numbers of mistresses, abortions, gay prostitues, etc. constantly coming to light without consequence for "the party of family values", brushing off hypocrisy is practically an entrance exam to run on their ticket.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @03:33PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @03:33PM (#1053523)

      Rushing the nomination will signal that the Republican Party considers Trump not a lame duck but a dead duck president.

  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Saturday September 19 2020, @03:14AM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 19 2020, @03:14AM (#1053244) Journal

    " I expect the new judge to be seated before Trump is sworn in again."

    So.....never?

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @08:28AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 19 2020, @08:28AM (#1053360)

      I think your love for clever comebacks trumped logic on this one.