A lot of observers are closely following the health of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the Supreme Court justice who this week missed oral arguments for the first time in her career on the court. The 85-year-old jurist underwent surgery late last year to remove cancerous nodules from her lung after injuring her ribs in a fall.
Not only is Ginsburg a highly respected legal figure who has emerged as an unlikely Millennial icon and was the subject of two different movies in 2018, but her departure from the court during the presidency of a Republican would change the ideological complexion of the court.
So one journalist has proposed a somewhat bizarre thought experiment, asking readers if they would give up time off their own lives to allow their favorite Supreme Court justice to live longer.
"If it were possible, would you subtract one day off your life and add it to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life for one extra day of good health?" journalist Roger Simon asked on Twitter. "If just 10,000 people did this, it would add 27 productive years to her life."
Simon is a respected political journalist who has written several books about politics and campaigns and was Politico's chief political correspondent before retiring two years ago, per an article posted on Creators.
The reactions to the tweet were somewhat befuddled, with opponents of Ginsburg calling the whole thing creepy, and even some supporters of hers questioning whether it's right to put public servants on such a pedestal.