Ripping the politicization of the modern-day Supreme Court nomination process as a "highly partisan show," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wishes she "could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was."
"The way it was, was right – the way it is, is wrong." Justice Ginsburg told a George Washington University Law School event aired on C-SPAN.
"The atmosphere in '93 was truly bipartisan. The vote on my confirmation was 96-3, even though I had spent about 10 years of my life litigating cases under the auspices of the ACLU, and I was on the ACLU board and one of their general counsels."
Ginsburg, who is one of the Court's most liberal justices, said she did not get one question about her ACLU ties, lamenting how the confirmation process never was this divisive along political affiliations.
"Think of Justice Scalia, who was certainly a known character in, what was it, 1986," Ginsburg said. "He had been a law professor and written many things, he had been on the D.C. circuit. The vote was unanimous. Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him.
"That's the way it should be, instead of what it's become, which is a highly partisan show."
Ginsburg said both sides are at fault in this modern-day division.
"The Republicans move in lockstep, so do Democrats," she said. "I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was."
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