Tuesday, July 12, 2016

In bashing Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg crossed very important line

Ginsburg... something her late husband said about such matters: "Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand."

This appears to be a joke, but Ginsburg's sentiment here is crystal clear: She thinks Donald Trump would be a dangerous president. And in saying it, she goes to a place justices almost never do — and perhaps never have — for some very good reasons.

Ginsburg is known for pushing the bounds of a justice's public comments and has earned something of a cult following on the left. But some say she just went too far.

"I find it baffling actually that she says these things," said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. "She must know that she shouldn’t be. However tempted she might be, she shouldn’t be doing it."

Ginsburg's comments are and will surely continue to be celebrated on the political left. For those concerned about the line between the judiciary and politics, though, they could be the subject of plenty of debate — the kind of debate that could set a precedent of its own.