Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said at an appearance on Wednesday that Congress is to blame for divisive judicial confirmation battles.
Speaking in a question-and-answer session at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Ginsburg noted that the late Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed unanimously, the Washington Post reports.
“What a difference in time that was from what we are witnessing today,” she said.
Referring to the polarization, Ginsburg said that, “to me, the obvious culprit is Congress.”
Ginsburg gave a tribute to retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who announced on Tuesday that she has probable early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
O’Connor put “country above party and self-interest” and “worked collaboratively to solve problems,” Ginsburg said.
Ginsburg said that collegiality “means understanding the institution you work for is more important than the egos of the individuals.”
Hat tip to How Appealing.