The reason I was never as upset as other conservatives about those two making it onto the high court bench was that only the president can nominate somebody so eventually he’s going to get his choice(s) even if it is not his first one.
That being the case, if you are on the other side of the president, you might as well let him nominate bland nonentities that are uncontroversial enough to get through. Those types are never very impressive intellectually.
I think we’ve seen that this week. Yes, Kagan and Sotomayor are down-the-line liberals but anybody else the president picked would have been one as well. So the question of how they would vote was never really at issue. The more pressing question is whether they are smart enough, sharp enough, to sway any of the other justices or poke serious holes in the conservative lawyers’ cases. Neither has shown that ability. They are in fact pretty clearly mental mediocrities. Another Thurgood Marshall or a John Paul Stevens would definitely have been able to win over Kennedy and — who knows? — maybe even Roberts.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?