Jennifer Rubin has this column at the WaPo:
Erwin Chemerinsky, the liberal (are there any who aren't?) dean of University of California at Irvine's law school, recently wrote to tell Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg her days are numbered so she should get off the court before she dies. No, really, he did. He opines: "She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer can she ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values." Regardless of what you think of Ginsburg (or of Chemerinsky), this is a rotten, obnoxious suggestion.
First, on a human level, it's disgraceful to tell an older person to stop doing what they are doing because they might keel over any day. If Chemerinsky's parents are living I'm sure he would be offended if someone told one of them to get out of the way before they croak on the job. Former Colorado governor Richard Lamm got in a heap of trouble when he opined that rather than undertake life-prolonging measures the elderly have "a duty to die and get out of the way. . . . Let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life." It is quite simply an affront to human dignity to predict the timing of another person's death and tell them to make room for others for the good of society.