Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 80, apparently felt the sting of calls by fellow liberals for her to resign and let President Obama appoint a like-minded successor. This summer, she granted several interviews to show her vigor and determination, most recently telling The New York Times that the only changes in her lifestyle have been that “I don’t water-ski anymore” and “haven’t gone horseback riding in four years.” Health considerations, not political ones, will guide any retirement decision. “There will be a president after this one,” she said, “and I’m hopeful that that president will be a fine president.”
Like any other person who is proud of her work, Ginsburg is fully justified in taking exception to suggestions that she give it up for reasons of age alone. But her sense of offense would be more understandable were she not, in the rest of the Times interview, so outspoken about her role as a defender of liberal precedents.