Justice Ginsburg wants President Obama to appoint another female to the Supreme Court. In support of this desire, she complains that, after all these years, the comments she makes when the Supreme Court Justices confer sometimes are ignored.
Ginsburg recalls that as a young, female lawyer her voice often was ignored by male peers:
I don’t know how many meetings I attended in the ’60s and the ’70s, where I would say something, and I thought it was a pretty good idea. … Then somebody else would say exactly what I said. Then people would become alert to it, respond to it.
Times have changed, but apparently not that much. According to Ginsburg:
It can happen even in the conferences in the court. When I will say something — and I don’t think I’m a confused speaker — and it isn’t until somebody else says it that everyone will focus on the point.
In short, Justice Ginsburg is tired of speaking to a brick wall, and would like to have at least one Justice who will see the light when she speaks, not when some male parrots her point.
Consider me sympathetic. I can’t count the number of times I posted something on Power Line — and I think I write clearly — and it wasn’t until John or Scottt said the same thing that the blogosphere focused on the point. And I don’t even have gender to blame.
JOHN adds: I hope you don’t mean to suggest any sort of equivalence between John Roberts and Andrew Sullivan.
Isn’t there something in the Constitution that says a Supreme Court justice can’t be a pathetic whiner?