Yes, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 80. Yes, she's the senior member of the court's liberal wing. And yes, if she resigned now, Obama would probably fill her seat with another liberal justice by the end of his term. But stop telling Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign: she doesn't want to, yet. That's according to an interview with the New York Times, where the justice issues a thanks, but no thanks, to everyone on the left who's ever asked her to step down ASAP just in case the next president is a Republican. As you might have guessed, Ginsburg gets asked this question a lot. So here's her answer, once again:
“There will be a president after this one, and I’m hopeful that that president will be a fine president,” Ginsburg said, vowing to stay on the court as long as her health held out. She still has work to do. Calling the current court "one of the most activist courts in history" on the basis of its willingness to overturn legislation, Ginsburg more or less indicated that she intended to keep up her side of the work for as long as she wants. But that doesn't mean Ginsburg is set on staying through Obama's second term: in a March New Yorker interview, Ginsburg indicated that she'd stay for at least two years more, if possible.