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Political Editors / Jul. 15, 2016

Ginsburg Can’t Put Toothpaste Back in Tube

“In the future I will be more circumspect,” she says now.

Regrets, she’s had a few. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now sorry for speaking her mind about Donald Trump so unrestrainedly in the last few days. “On reflection,” she now says, “my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.” Circumspection was at least on display from her fellow justice, Stephen Breyer, who wisely dodged, “If I had an opinion [on her comments], I wouldn’t express it.”

We suspect Ginsburg’s regret is influenced at least in part from backlash even from fellow leftist travelers. “Washington is more than partisan enough without the spectacle of a Supreme Court justice flinging herself into the mosh pit,” The New York Times editorialized.

The question now is whether she’ll have the decency to resign or at minimum recuse herself in future cases involving either Trump or Hillary Clinton. Her ability to be impartial is permanently suspect — as if it wasn’t already. And being “more circumspect” in the future doesn’t mean her mind is changed. The problem with a resignation, however, is that any successor either Barack Obama or Clinton might nominate would be at least as leftist and without the public relations problems. So as we’ve said so many times we’ve lost count, the principle issue in this election might just be the Supreme Court. And on that, Trump is vastly superior.

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