- Clintonia July 19
In the latest release from the Clinton administration document dump, the White House paints a less-than-flattering picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at that time still just a candidate for the Supreme Court.
"She sees us as having a stake in presenting her as a moderate and in getting along well with the Senate," wrote then-White House Associate Counsel Ron Klain in a memo. "She sees her interests as 'being herself,' preserving her 'dignity,' and promoting her 'independence.'"
The memo, reported on by Time, goes on to list Ginsburg's other faults. Among them: "She has an instinct for defending some rather extreme liberal views" held by the American Civil Liberties Union; and she would face difficulty in her Senate confirmation hearings because of "her failure to make eye contact, her halting speech," and "her 'laconic' nature."
To sum up Ginsburg's viability as a candidate, Klain wrote, "Judge Ginsburg views the White House's interest and her interests as being at odds with each other."
So take note, aspiring Supreme Court judges: If you value being yourself, preserving your dignity, or promoting your independence, you may find the road to D.C. a tough one to tread. (On the other hand, Justice Ginsburg has sat on the Supreme Court since 1993 in spite of this memo, so maybe those same qualities proved helpful.)- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 10 things you need to know today: October 2, 2014
- Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- 5 legitimate scientific controversies
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Stop your unpatriotic fearmongering over ISIS
- Why you probably don't have Ebola — even if you shook hands with America's 'patient zero'
Subscribe to the Week