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Justice Ginsburg Calls Kavanaugh Hearings a 'Highly Partisan Show'

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Speaking on September 12th before the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association at the George Washington University Law School, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked how she would compare her Supreme Court nomination process to Bret Kavanaugh’s.

The 85 year old Justice minced no words when she said, “The way it was, was right. The way it is, is wrong.”

She went on to lament how the process has become so politicized and shared some anecdotes reveling in the simplicity of her confirmation.

Ginsburg explained that even while litigating under the auspices of the ACLU, nobody had questioned her about her political leanings during her nomination hearings. She spoke with a nostalgic smirk on her face while recounting her 96-3 confirmation vote.

Regarding her process, Ginsburg said, "That’s the way it should be, instead of what it’s become, which is a highly partisan show."

She concluded with a statement, by which some may share the same sentiment: "I wish I could wave a magic wand, and have it go back to the way it was.”

It should also be noted that these remarks were made before Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her allegation against Kavanaugh. 


This article has been republished with permission from Foundation for Economic Education.

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Tyler Brandt

Tyler Brandt

Tyler Brandt is an Associate Editor at FEE. He is a graduate of UW-Madison with a B.A. in Political Science. In college, Tyler was a FEE Campus Ambassador, President of his campus YAL chapter, and Research Intern at the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. Brandt's research interests include constitutional law, free speech, social psychology, stoicism, and self-help. In his free time, Tyler enjoys disc golfing, running, playing guitar/bass/drums, and cleaning his room.

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