Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that she is finally cancer free. The left-leaning judge’s health has been a topic of contention among political commentators, as her presence on the court keeps things locked in at a 5 to 4 ratio of conservative to liberal justices.
RBG told CNN, “I’m cancer free. That’s good,” adding that the tumor found in her pancreas was “treated definitively, and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.”
Doctors had Ginsberg undergo a three-week regiment of radiation therapy for the malignant tumor, and were able to eradicate it completely from the Justice’s system.
This news is quite welcome for liberals, who fear that further court-packing by the Trump administration could cause serious damage to their goals.
With issues such as Roe v. Wade receiving increased scrutiny, having a Republican majority in the court is already stressful for Democrats. If the numbers were to shift further to a 6-3 split, almost all issues would pass easily in favor of Republican interests.
Conservative attention is on RBG, as well; many have noted the political opportunity that her poor health could represent.
In 1999, RBG beat cancer for the first time shortly after being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Then, in 2009, she beat pancreatic cancer, making the score two-to-zero in Ginsberg’s favor.
Ginsberg recently took a moment to tap-dance on the graves of some political enemies.
Speaking to NPR, she recalled, “There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months. That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive.”
In 2016, Mitch McConnell made the unprecedented move of not hearing Obama appointee Merrick Garland’s appeal to the Supreme Court. He was holding the spot open until Trump was in office, stating it was policy to not hear an appointee from a “lame duck” president.
However, McConnell has insisted that should a spot open on the court, he would rush to confirm any Trump appointee.