Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the New York Times she will stay on the job as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of the liberal opposition on what she called “one of the most activist courts in history.” In a wide-ranging interview, Ginsburg, 80, said she had made a mistake in joining a 2009 opinion that laid the groundwork for the court's decision in June effectively striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The recent decision, she said, was “stunning in terms of activism.”
Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Justice Ginsburg has given several this summer, perhaps in reaction to calls from some liberals that she step down in time for President Obama to name her successor, presumably a one-for-one liberal swap that would not alter the court's ideological balance. She told the Times that the identity of the president who would appoint her replacement did not figure in her retirement planning. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.