The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday leaves the Supreme Court without its liberal leader, and the timing inevitably means a titanic fight over her successor that has uncertain and perhaps momentous implications for the national elections only 45 days away. A year of political shocks now has another one.

Justice Ginsburg, who was 87, leaves an enormous legacy, and not only as the second female Justice who became a feminist hero. She was a legal force long before she became a judge, as the first tenured female professor…



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