A time to mourn
Millions of words will be written and spoken about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tonight and in the days ahead. I don't have much to say that won't be said better in a dozen other places.
I met her once, about 30 years ago. She and her husband gave a joint speech at the graduation ceremonies of the school where I teach. She was on the D.C. Circuit then. There was a reception for them the evening before, at the college president's condo in the KOIN Tower. They were an amazing couple. We walked with giants that weekend.
The darkness of the news of Justice Ginsburg's passing is surpassed only by the darkness of the speculation about her successor. I will save you a lot of heartache and bandwidth: Yes, of course, Moscow Mitch will ram through her replacement before the inauguration. If we even have an inauguration. God help our beleaguered country.
Anyway, farewell to Justice Ginsburg, to whom we owe so much. She fought, with great skill and grace, many a good fight. There are many more ahead, and we must remember always to ask ourselves what she would do. Condolences to her family and to her many friends.