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


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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.