Because 2020 couldn’t possibly get any worse, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital.
Thankfully, all indications are that she’s currently resting comfortably and will just stay in the hospital for a couple of days for observation. Ginsburg checked in after experiencing a fever and chills and had a bile duct stent cleared according to the Court.
This is as good a time as any to remind folks that the Chief Justice also ended up in the hospital recently but the Court did not let us know about that for days. Individual justices exert some influence over how these things are reported, but it’s telling that the presumption is that RBG’s health news is required to fuel a news cycle while Roberts gets to rest peacefully — if we’re going to do this, all the justices should agree to the same protocols.
But, for now, everyone just relax. Justice Ginsburg has a history of being appropriately cautious with her health and the public has a history of freaking out about it. Be less frantic and more grateful that Ginsburg knows enough to seek professional treatment when she’s feeling sick.
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