By not retiring, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is becoming a symbol of self-absorbed careerism, to some. Here is Elie Mystal's plea on influential Abovethelaw.com for her retirement.
After all, the future of liberalism is at stake. That was made clear by SCOTUS' decision in Hobby Lobby. If the Obama Administration doesn't appoint another liberal to SCOTUS, goes the line of thinking (which might have plenty of validity), progressivism, along with women's rights, doesn't have a prayer (pun intended).
Clearly, the one-time-gang which couldn't shoot straight - the GOP - has been learning from its mistakes. It does have a shot at the Whilte House in 2016. The odds of that happening had been increasing exponentially as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to disappoint liberals, alienate the media and send independents like myself looking elsewhere for leadership.
With a conservative back in the White House, SCOTUS could harden into reactionary rulings. Congress can't focus all its time on reversing those. Ledbetter consumed a lot of energy and favors. This time around the U.S. Senate couldn't get the votes to pull another Ledbetter, overturning the Hobby Lobby decision.
There is a fork in the road. Justice Ginsburg could choose to follow her own desire to continue sitting on the august Court. Or she can win one for the Gipper and retire. What she decides can truly be a game-changer in American legal thought.