Epps on the difference between Ginsburg and Breyer

March 18th, 2014

I agree wholeheartedly with Garrett’s rejoinder to Chemerinsky’s silly call for RBG to retire, but one of the most enjoyable parts of the piece is this “study in contrasts” between RBG and Breyer. Enjoy:

If she were to retire at the end of this term, that leadership role would, for the next few years, fall to Justice Stephen Breyer, 75. (Chemerinsky also suggests that Breyer “consider” stepping down.) Though Ginsburg and Breyer are both “liberals” on this Court’s spectrum, they are a study in contrasts. Where Ginsburg fights, Breyer dithers; where her ideas are clear, his are mercurial; where she draws lines, he wanders across them; where her dissents are straightforward, his tend to be—well—incomprehensible.