The Supreme Court’s toughest member returned to her post on Friday and the country breathed one long, collective sigh of relief. After missing work for the first time in 25 years while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous nodules on her lungs, the Notorious RBG rejoined her colleagues to discuss upcoming cases.
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December, a court official tells @ABC News. https://t.co/ti1SvQPtFt pic.twitter.com/NB4YMdRqAN
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 15, 2019
She hasn’t exactly been slacking during her recovery, either. The 85-year-old Ginsburg, of course, worked at home, reviewing cases and weighing in with her legal opinions. Friday saw her return to her regular routine.
CBS News reports:
‘The 85-year-old Ginsburg, who had two cancerous nodules removed from her left lung in an invasive pulmonary lobectomy, had been recovering from home and absent from court proceedings for the first time in her 25-year career on the bench.’
Yaaayyyyy!!! Stay healthy, young lady! https://t.co/mFGjHNuPsu
— David Custy (@BaltIntRad) February 15, 2019
The absence of Ginsburg would have been felt under any presidential administration, but her potential permanent loss in the age of Trump would have been even more tragic. Ginsburg has vowed to stay on the bench until Trump is gone.
‘Her return to the bench is expected to be a relief to liberals and her legions of fans, who had feared her retirement or death would give President Donald Trump another opportunity to solidify the court’s conservative majority in the highest court in the land.’
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) February 15, 2019
The right-wing vultures were circling, not the least ironic of which is Bill O’Reilly, a man famous for his abuse of women who was celebrating the loss of one of the leading women’s rights legal advocates in history. Just like his job, his income, and his respectability, O’Reilly lost this round, too.
‘It will also dispel rumors and conspiracies that have swirled in recent weeks — fanned by right-wing bloggers — that her demise is imminent.’
Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 21, 2018
Ginsburg isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Doctors have cleared her of any cancer fears and say that she is free of the disease.
‘The court said last month that Ginsburg’s doctors confirmed in an exam following the surgery that she had “no evidence of any remaining disease” and that no further treatments were planned.’