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Justice Ginsburg Has Pancreatic Cancer

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Posted on Feb 5, 2009
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a colon cancer survivor, had surgery for pancreatic cancer Thursday. Pancreatic cancer is especially lethal, but doctors were reportedly optimistic because they found Ginsberg’s cancer early.

The sad news puts attention on the president, who, one hopes, will choose his Supreme Court nominees under happier circumstances than having to replace members because of illness or death.

AP via Google:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday for pancreatic cancer, raising the possibility that one of the ideologically divided court’s leading liberals — and its only woman — might have to curtail her work or even step down before she had planned.

Ginsburg, 75, has been a justice since 1993. She has been increasingly vocal in recent years about the court’s more conservative stances, especially after the appointments made by President George W. Bush.

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By cyrena, February 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

OK…Best to the dear Justice Ginsberg. I for one, am overwhelmingly grateful for her service. Why couldn’t it be Clarence Thomas or Scalia with the pancreatic cancer? (Of course I entertain myself with those rhetorical questions from time to time, only to always arrive at the same answer: Life isn’t fair, and there can’t possibly be a god. At least not a benevolent one.)

Be that as it may, we’ll need to find a replacement for her that respects her legacy. So, we need a Female of Color Chief Justice. It’s time. We’re moving up in the world.

I’m sure President Obama will make the right choice.

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By RdV, February 6, 2009 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Let’s hope so because based on Obama’s picks thus far- anyone chosen that would represent a reasonable shift from the present swing would be a surprise.
  And here in particular was where the rationale for backing the Democrat was always pushed.

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By Blackspeare, February 6, 2009 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

Little Brother…

Nope——has to be a woman and more than likely a woman of Hispanic origins.  Or better yet——a woman of Hispanic origins who is a Muslim just to be all inclusive.

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By Little Brother, February 6, 2009 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

Best wishes to Justice Ginsburg… but I’ve lost a couple of friends to pancreatic cancer over the past few years, so I can’t say I’m very optimistic.

I’m guessing that Robert Bork and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy “Decalogue” Moore top Obama’s short list of successors.

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By mlb, February 6, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

Ginsburg has always been such a strong intelligence and refreshing voice of clear reason in a Supreme Court plagued by dishonest and incompetent ideologues. 

I’m thankful to her for serving her country so well and sincerely wish her the best.  Sad as it is, we should still thank our lucky stars that this is happening now that George W. Birdbrain has returned to the Republic of Texas.

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By espaz, February 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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they could have used a more cheerfull pic of the justice ginsburg…..  jeese… the image makes me feel kinda sad and you throw the story on top and i want to cry !

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