Joan Biskupic Recounts “20 Years Of Closed-Door Conversations” with RBG
Joan Biskupic has published a lengthy profile of her twenty-year relationship with Justice Ginsburg. It is titled, “20 years of closed-door conversations with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Much of the material appears in Joan’s excellent books and articles. But there were a few bits I don’t remember seeing before. I will highlight them here.
First, Joan last met with RBG in January 2020:
In my last one-on-one session in her chambers, in January 2020 as a fire crackled, she had more pressing health concerns on her mind: “I’m cancer free. That’s good.” A year earlier she had undergone lung cancer surgery and, a few months after that, had endured a second pancreatic cancer scare.
Does this statement mean Biskupic and Ginsburg were out of touch after January? Most of Joan’s post-Term reporting concern events that happened after January. Most, but not all. And there may have been sessions that were not in chambers–especially after COVID shut down the Court. We’ll see next year if Biskupic continues to publish leaks, even without RBG.
Second, Joan addresses a common complaint: RBG used the press to speak to her colleagues.
On occasion, readers questioned whether Ginsburg was trying to send a message to the other justices through me. I brushed off that suggestion. Ginsburg was able to speak her mind and skilled at persuasion. And she never knew for certain when anything she told me would be published.
I’m not so sure about the last part. Media savvy people know what the money quote will be. When I speak to a reporter, I can usually get a feel for what will, and will not be published. Ginsburg’s “faker” line, for example, was bound for the front pages.
Third, Biskupic offers these remarks about Kagan. I don’t recall seeing these pre
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