Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing oral arguments on Monday for the first time since she joined the court in 1993, as she recuperates from a recent cancer surgery.
A Supreme Court spokesperson told Fox News that Ginsburg, who underwent lung surgery in New York City last month to remove cancerous growths, is continuing to recuperate from the surgery.
The spokesperson said that Ginsburg would participate in the consideration of the cases through written briefs and transcripts, but there has yet to be a date decided for when she will return to the bench.
Ginsburg, 85, last month underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered, the Supreme Court said in a statement. The discovery came incidentally during tests after she fractured several ribs during a fall in November.
RBG has not been in the greatest of health for the past few years. In fact, when it appeared Democrats were going to lose the majority in the U.S. Senate after the 2014 midterm elections, there were rumors that she was encouraged to step down so as to afford President Barack Obama the opportunity to replace her with a leftist judge.
With the GOP now holding the majority in the Senate combined with having changed the rules to where merely 51 votes (Republicans have 53 members) ends a filibuster of SCOTUS nominees, Trump almost has carte blanche regarding a potential replacement for Ginsburg should she retire.
Here's a prediction: If indeed RBG chooses to step down this year, there will be a veritable mob outside her residence imploring her to remain on the bench. And you will most likely hear shrieks of "LIFETIME APPOINTMENT MEANS LIFETIME APPOINTMENT!!!!!!!" from what will no doubt be a frothing bunch. It will make the disgusting spectacle of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings appear downright dignified in comparison.