Thursday, February 05, 2009

Elections Have Consequences: Supreme Court Edition

Disturbed about the last few days or not, I'm sure glad Obama won!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman currently serving on the nation’s highest court, underwent surgery Thursday for removal of a cancerous tumor from her pancreas. … Ginsburg has served on the court since 1993. She was treated for colon cancer 10 years ago.

Ginsburg’s pancreatic cancer was discovered early, in the course of a routine annual screening, but medical literature says even in this circumstance, a patient’s five-year survival chances range from 10 to 30 percent.

I don't want to trivialize Ginsburg's illness, but of course death on the Supreme Court is always a calculation in national politics. If she does have to leave the Court, thank the higher power of your choice that she will be replaced by someone good.