From Robert Barnes’s interesting profile of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
So Ginsburg understands politics but does not feel she faces a deadline to leave so that Obama, whom she admires, can choose her successor.
“I think it’s going to be another Democratic president” after Obama, Ginsburg said. “The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.”
I don’t know if this is the primary reason Ginsburg intends to stay on the Court or not, but if so…this strikes me as a really bad gamble. (Not in the sense that Democrats won’t have a good chance to retain the White House, but in that the chances of losing it are far higher than this implies.)
Bernstein makes the case for resignation.
…I assumed this went without saying, but of course any resignation would have to be effective only on a new nominee being confirmed, as with O’Connor, Warren, etc.