This past week witnessed the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or RBG as she became to be known. As expected, a flood of messages glorifying her legacy on the bench started pouring immediately.
I certainly concur that the admiration, respect and honor expressed by her family, friends, fans, colleagues, politicians, academics and students of the Supreme Court is all well deserved: she was a legend in her own time with many firsts in terms of accomplishments.
However, she relied too heavily on her "own good judgement." That was a big mistake that will probably result in the top court in the nation leaning heavily to a conservative majority for many years to come, something that pained her greatly when she realized that she had missed a priceless opportunity.
Had she been receptive to President Barack Obama and Senator Pat Leahy's implicit suggestions that she retire, she would have set a historic movement in motion to change the leaning of the court.
I am sure that the realization that she had missed a golden opportunity for a perfect legacy haunted her and influenced her decision to remain on the bench despite her age and her poor health.
RIP RBG, you're also human and a great one!