Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have Supreme Court Appointments’

by Joel Gehrke

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just reiterated her plan to stay on the bench, but that didn’t stop President Obama from making a prediction to Democratic donors. 

“Not to mention the fact that we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments,” Obama said to motivate donors during a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser.

There are four Supreme Court justices over the age of 70, but Ginsburg, 81, has been the subject of the most recent retirement rumors — which she recently tried to put to rest.

“All I can say is that I am still here and likely to remain for a while,” Ginsburg told Yahoo News, while indicating that she expects to remain on the bench for “at least” another year, meaning that Obama may have to push a nominee through a Republican-controlled Senate after the 2014 elections.

A Democratic strategist told the Hill that Ginsburg’s retirement would benefit Obama if it came at the right time.

“It would motivate our base,” the strategist said, explaining that “we have a huge drop off of voters because they don’t care about Senate elections, or don’t think they matter.”

Obama made clear that he hopes the specter of a Supreme Court nomination fight will help motivate liberal voters, whom he once again described as “congenitally disposed” to ignore off-year elections.