The ability to present women like Ginsburg, Clinton and Davis as bone-crushingly robust yet simultaneously appealing, revered—practically adorable!—in their rugged severity, is a crucial expansion of the American imagination with regard to powerful women.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who’s easy to cheer for.
The Supreme Court justice stands at five-feet, one-inch tall. She was the second woman ever appointed to America’s highest bench, the first female Jew. She’s a grandma.
And most importantly, she’s a breathtakingly accomplished legal scholar who’s not afraid to stand up to her largely conservative male peers. Even aside from her extremely eloquent, impassioned dissent against Monday’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it might be expected that those who oppose the decision would rally behind “the Notorious RBG” and her defense of women’s reproductive rights—she’s a living representation of intelligent, feminist defiance.
Although the police have probable cause and could obtain a warrant with dispatch, if they gain the consent of someone other than the suspect, why should the law insist on the formality of a warrant? Because the Framers saw the neutral magistrate as an essential part of the criminal process shielding all of us, good or bad, saint or sinner, from unchecked police activity.