U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg Says ACLU Connections Would Likely Prevent Her Confirmation Today
Posted Aug 30, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Corrected: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told law students on Monday that the Supreme Court confirmation process has become so partisan that she probably would not be confirmed if the vote were held today.
Ginsburg said her work as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and for the launch of its Women’s Rights Project would likely prove too controversial, the Associated Press reports. "Today, my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me," she said.
"I wish we could wave a magic wand and go back to the days when the process was bipartisan," she said.
Ginsburg spoke as part of a lecture series for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. The Daily Campus also has a story.
Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, said the president had hoped to have regular dinners with all nine justices, but it never happened. “He was hit first with Paula Jones and then other things,” she explained.
Updated at 4:19 p.m. to correct the name of Southern Methodist University.