Ginsburg Says She Wishes She Could Bring Back Bipartisanship And Common Decency

"Enough of this nonsense."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no spring chicken at 83, but those concerned about the state of her health — and the seat she occupies in the Supreme Court — can relax a little. At an event at Stanford University on Monday, the leading liberal on the court and pop culture icon reassured the crowd that she's staying healthy and intends on serving for as long as she can.

Ginsburg has many motivations to continue her service, chief among them to preserve the current ideological balance of the Supreme Court. But at the event on Monday, she also offered up another compelling reason to hold out — to see American politics return to a time of less toxic partisanship.

"I wish there were a way I could wave a magic wand and put it back when people were respectful of each other, and the Congress was working for the good of the country and not just along party lines," Ginsburg said. "Someday there will be great people, great elected representatives who will say 'enough of this nonsense, let's be the kind of legislature the United States should have.' I hope that day will come when I'm still alive."



Ginsburg pointed to the bipartisan support her nomination to the Supreme Court received, singling out the enthusiastic backing from GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch. Last year, the Utah politician emerged as one of the fiercest obstructionists among Republicans for President Obama's Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat. Many said that Hatch's efforts were political, especially considering he had said before that there was "no question" that Garland would be confirmed as a SCOTUS justice. Most recently, he has criticized his Democratic colleagues for employing the same tactics he used earlier to block President Trump's cabinet nominees. 

"I think today, he wouldn't touch me with a 10-foot pole," Ginsburg said of Hatch, in an attempt to highlight the hyper-partisanship in Congress today.

At Stanford, Ginsburg also said she supports making changes to the Electoral College, though she did not elaborate further. 

As for those concerned about how Ginsburg is maintaining her health, the justice said she has a personal trainer — whom Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer also employ — to help her. 

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