Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I think it’s going to be another Democratic president”


Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg WaPo cover

Via a WaPo Magazine titled, "The question facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Stay or go?"...

So Ginsburg understands politics but does not feel she faces a deadline to leave so that Obama, whom she admires, can choose her successor.

I think it’s going to be another Democratic president” after Obama, Ginsburg said. “The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.”

Nailed it.

Voter turnout is key. Dems absolutely must get people to the polls during midterms, especially because now there are so many gerrymandered districts. We have to go above and beyond in order to overcome that obstacle.

In 2010, we pretty much sucked at getting out the vote, especially young voters. Democrats sat out the election for whatever reason: Apathy, frustration, lack of motivation, cockiness, not being familiar enough with the candidates, being uninformed about the issues, not realizing the consequences of not voting, assuming there would be enough voters to "cover" them, ad nauseam.

Whatever the reason, Justice Ginsburg is right. We know how to kick ass in presidential elections, but we tend to be midterm sloths. But despite the reasoning behind her conclusion, there is no reason for us to feel too confident during those elections, not ever. We must drive home the point that elections matter, all elections, and never allow ourselves to become complacent.

  • Isa Kocher

    it is really miraculously mindlessly simple. 2010 was lost because emmanuel and axelrod chose to deny progressives from the white house expell gov dean from the party and return to boss politics and inside the beltway deals. dean won the 2006 and 2008 elections on the ground. you cannot get voters out if you just don't care about people. obama cares about image and has no ideological or moral or ethical center. there is nothing he can or will believe in. not only is everything negotiable, he starts negotiations by giving in on key issues before the negotiations begin. that simply is not how you negotiate with hostage takers and schoolyard bullies.

    it is the obama emmanuel axelrod summers side of the party that lost in 2010, eating up the campaign funds. the democratic dean side of the party raised the money and won their seats. saving the worst debacle in democratic party history from becoming annihilation.

    bad politics, bad policy, and a commitment to Summers' Wall Street and the Belt Way lost in 2010. and i don't see any serious return to Dean Democratic party building going on. Wasserman is not building the party.

  • Viv Good

    I love it! may I get t shirts going and ready....?