When I interned at the Supreme Court of the United States a few years back, everyone’s favorite person — hands down — was Justice Ginsburg. She was sort of a legend at the Court, a goddess amongst men, really. She was sassy, she was fierce, and best of all, at her age, she had earned the right to give absolutely zero fucks. So, it should come as no surprise, really, that our girl Ruth doesn’t exactly play by the rules. No, no. She makes them. Literally. You know, because she’s a judge, get it?
Anyway, at a recent speech at The George Washington University, Justice Ginsburg admitted that just like the rest of the world, she finds the State of the Union a little boring. So boring, in fact, that she and the other Justices like to pre-game it.
I’ll wait a moment while you gather yourself.
Apparently per tradition, the Justices meet prior to the president’s yearly address and have dinner with one another. Seems innocent enough, right? Well. You’re wrong, obviously. Because despite telling herself prior to the dinner that she would stick to just water, temptation got the better of everyone’s favorite lefty, and she — like the rest of us — just couldn’t resist a little vino.
“The audience for the most part is awake, because they’re bobbing up and down, and we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we’re not, at least I wasn’t, 100 percent sober…Because before we went to the State of the Union, Justice Kennedy brought in … it was an Opus something or other, very fine California wine, and I vowed this year, just sparkling water, stay away from the wine, but in the end, the dinner was so delicious, it needed wine.”
— Catie Warren (@catie__warren) February 13, 2015
Apparently the other eight Justices are well aware of Ruth’s “wine naps,” and in the past, Justice David Souter would nudge her awake whenever she dozed off in front of the camera. Unfortunately for her, however, Souter retired a few years back. Her new seat mates, Justices Kennedy and Breyer, are apparently “sort of timid” about waking her up, and so they simply just let her sleep. To be fair, though, can you blame them? Anyone who’s ever tried to wake a drunk girl up knows that simply no good will come of it. Best to just let her sleep it off. .
[via The Hill]
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