Last week, while the Supreme Court (well, most of it) heard oral arguments over political redistricting in Texas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg fell asleep for around 15 minutes.
This from the Associate Press:
The subject matter was extremely technical, and near the end of the argument Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dozed in her chair. Justices David Souter and Samuel Alito, who flank the 72-year-old, looked at her but did not give her a nudge.
Judge Alito was faced with one of his first big decisions since putting on the Supreme Court Justice robe, and he didn’t disappoint conservatives– he didn’t wake up Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Kudos to Souter as well for not nudging Ginsberg.
Many people were upset that a Supreme Court Justice would doze during an important case, but I have a different view. My take on all this? Shh, nobody wake Ruth! Let her hibernate like a leftist bear. She can do less damage that way.
Isn’t it funny how the AP writer excused the nap by calling the subject matter “extremely technical”? Well gosh, isn’t that why they’re on the bench instead of some 7-11 clerk or a truck driver sitting there? (though I think we’d get more common sense in some of our rulings if the court were stacked with the latter)
Would the AP writer excuse his airline pilot for falling asleep during an “extremely technical” part of the flight, like a takeoff or landing?
So, please guys… let the “Librarian from Hades” keep sleeping. If the newcomers, Alito and Roberts, really want to earn some fans, they’ll sing a lullabye to Stevens and Breyer so they can join Ginsberg.