Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., after a performance of The Originalist, and said she hoped of a time, a better one, that she likes to come again.
A time when differences of opinions over politics didn’t separated the Americans from one another.
Ginsburg said she was optimistic about America “over the long haul,” according to Western Journalism.
She further noted that American politics can be symbolized by a pendulum. When it swings too far to either the right or left, “You can look forward to it moving back,” she said.
Ginsburg, a member of the court’s liberal wing, admitted that she had deep ideological differences with Scalia, a leader of the conservative wing. She and Scalia also shared much in common, she said.
Each was aware that their friendship bridged a gulf not usually traversed.
“If you can’t disagree ardently with your colleagues about some issues of law and yet personally still be friends, get another job, for Pete’s sake,” Scalia once said.
“As annoyed as you might be about his zinging dissent, he’s so utterly charming, so amusing, so sometimes outrageous, you can’t help but say, ‘I’m glad that he’s my friend or he’s my colleague,’” Ginsburg said.
Although Supreme Court nominations become partisan battles, as was shown in the recent nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch, Ginsburg looked back with fondness to a different time marked by Scalia’s 98-0 confirmation vote in 1986 and her own 96-3 vote seven years later.
“My hope is in my lifetime we will get back to the way it was,” Ginsburg said.
There is nothing that should be surprising or shocking about what Justice Ginsburg has said. Ginsburg praised Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, as a major Senate Judiciary Committee supporter even though they have vast ideological differences. She noted that Hatch invites her to speak to Utah audiences, something she will do again this summer.