Liberal Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg threw a curveball into the 2020 election by announcing her cancer had returned.
That immediately led to speculation on a vacancy in an election year.
Now Ruth Bader Ginsberg released one statement that just revealed her retirement plans.
In a statement released on Friday, Justice Ginsberg informed the public that in mid-May she began undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer on her liver.
On May 19, I began a course of chemotherapy (gemcitabine) to treat a recurrence of cancer. A periodic scan in February followed by a biopsy revealed lesions on my liver. My recent hospitalizations to remove gall stones and treat an infection were unrelated to this recurrence.
Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information.
Justice Ginsberg’s statement also took on the retirement rumors by stating that Ginsberg would return to the court when its new session begins this October.
My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment. I will continue bi-weekly chemotherapy to keep my cancer at bay, and am able to maintain an active daily routine. Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work.
I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.
Democrats were panicked about a Supreme Court vacancy this year.
Ginsberg’s retirement would boost the GOP’s chances in two ways.
First, the Republican Senate would surely confirm President Trump’s nominee.
And second, the Supreme Court has always been a winning issue for the Republican Party and making the election a referendum on who voters want to fill her seat would stand to benefit Trump.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.