When I heard RBG had passed, I had three reactions in this order:
1.) Sadness. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon well worthy of admiration for women everywhere. I love that an elderly intellectual woman became such a popular hero.
2.) Worry over her replacement. Democrats may win the battle to delay appointment of a new justice past the election. Honestly, I think the travesty was the failure of Obama’s appointment of Merrick. However, I think Trump has an excellent change of being reelected.
3.) Anger. RBG was 87. Why the hell didn’t she step down during Obama’s term? She said that her greatest wish was to have the next administration appoint her replacement, but words are empty. Actions are what count. RBG absolutely had full authority to ensure a likeminded replacement. RBG was an incredible woman. But are there not other incredible women who could have filled her shoes? Kagan and Sotomayor are doing a great job!
I honestly feel like RBG tarnished her legacy significantly by failing to step down sooner.
Yes, it will be hypocritical if the Republicans appoint someone now. But RBG easily could have died any time in the last four years. And Trump may be reelected. To assure her succession, she needed to step down five years ago, at age 82.
I’m curious if others agree with me. All I see in the news and social media are people talking about how great she was. Am I the only one also angry with her?