It seems that the case of Everybody In Texas v. Perry is starting to get a bit dry as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg started nodding off during arguments.
The Supreme Court had put the Texas cases on the fast track, scheduling an unusually long two-hour afternoon session.
The subject matter was extremely technical, and near the end of the argument Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dozed in her chair. Justices David Souter and Samuel Alito, who flank the 72-year-old, looked at her but did not give her a nudge.
Now on the one hand, I've always thought the case was a crock to begin with. It strikes me as a massive temper tantrum on the part of Democrats who simply don't want to lose power, even legally. So I can understand completely that listening to arguments in this case would be about exciting watching a documentary on the mating habits of the Ethiopian White-Tailed Swallow. I'd be falling asleep myself, or just dreaming of a life on . And Ginsberg is 72 years old so I'm inclined to cut her a little slack.
After all, the Justices are only human.
But you know what? If I were an attorney making an argument in a landmark case, I'd be just a tad peeved if the justices can't stay awake for it. I won't go into the usual arguments about being held to a higher standard and all that. But if it were me, I'd be inclined to say something, particularly if I thought that hearing a particular argument might affect the final decision.
Is it appropriate to go up to the bench and wake up a Supreme Court Justice? Maybe they should just make them stand up in the back of the room like my company commanders had us do in boot camp.