Justice Ginsburg apparently has pancreatic cancer. Five year survival rate for this is very low. She’s undergone surgery, most likely a whipple procedure, which is a major surgery with a high likelihood of complications. On a personal note, we hope Justice Ginsburg recovers from her surgery and her cancer. It was caught early, so her odds are better than most.
But from a political point of view, this means that Obama likely gets a Supreme Court pick for the 111th Congress. If we’re going to have a knock-down drag-out confirmation fight, her replacement is the place to do it. Can we make a Second Amendment litmus test?