Democrat Supreme Court Drinkers?: Breyer Busted for Underage Drinking, Ginsburg ‘Not 100 Percent Sober’ at Obama State of the Union

While Democrats and the media are dragging Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his admitted drinking “too much” at times in school, it should be remembered that two  Justices appointed by Democrat President Bill Clinton and approved by a Democrat controlled Senate, Stephen Breyer (1994) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993) have their own history of alcohol troubles.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dozes during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress, January 20, 2015, by Alex Wong / Getty Images


Justice Ginsburg, with Justice Breyer to her immediate left, ‘fell asleep’ after drinking wine before President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.

Justice Breyer, 80, was arrested for underage drinking when he went to Stanford in the 1950s reported the Washington Post back in 1994:


“At Stanford, he had his share of high jinks, getting arrested at one point for underage drinking. But after four years, he had received just one B, which left him, in the words of a classmate, “distraught.””

Breyer spoke about the arrest to NPR in 2015

Transcript via the blog

“We were in a restaurant, which was where they used to sing opera and serve wine. It was called the Bocce Ball, I think. It was very nice. You’d go there, and I think I was 18—I was 18—but the drinking age was 21 and they’d give you a glass of wine and you’d sit there and listen to the opera singers from the San Francisco Opera and have a glass of wine. There was sawdust on the floor. It was very nice, it was a lovely place. … The police apparently raided this opera restaurant and arrested everybody in sight who looked under 21 and there we are, but they didn’t proceed with it further and they sort of wiped out the arrest record.”

Breyer’s Wikipedia page has no mention of his arrest for underage drinking.


Justice Ginsburg, 85, spoke about ‘falling asleep’ at the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama in 2015 after drinking wine at dinner, brought by Justice Anthony Kennedy (!), in a joint appearance with Justice Antonin Scalia that was ‘hosted by The Smithsonian Associates and moderated by NPR’s Nina Totenberg’ according to CNN.

Finally they got to the State of the Union. Earlier in the evening, Scalia had expressed his disdain for the event that he stopped attending years ago. And Ginsburg admitted, that once again, she fell asleep, “as I often do.”
“The audience for the most part is awake because they are bobbing up and down and we sit there, stone faced,” she said. “But we’re not, at least I was not 100% sober,” she said to big applause. She blamed a fine wine Justice Kennedy had brought to dinner before hand.
“I vowed this year — just sparkling water—stay away from the wine — but the dinner was so delicious it needed wine.”
She said when she got home she got a call from one of her granddaughters. “She said, BUBIE, you were sleeping!”
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