Thursday, November 03, 2005

Warning! Low Snark!

Really none. This is a good article by Larry Beinhart on issues facing the nomination of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court. I like it because it gets beyond the admittadly important issue of Roe v. Wade to ask a few other questions. Such as the questions surrounding the 2000 Presidential election and the Supreme Court Case at that time.
Ignoring the fact that the man with fewer votes got to be president, what is most notable about the decision was that Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Conner did not vote according to what they believed the law to be. They voted for Bush because they wanted a Republican president.

We can say that because they have a track record and their votes in Bush v. Gore went against their own established principles. If Gore had been ahead and he asked them to stop the recount, on the very same grounds, it is a virtual certainty that those same five judges would have voted the other way.
I'm not one who wants to refight 2000 at the drop of a hat, but the I am one who thinks that the same problems that made 2000 so interesting are still around. At any rate the articles is good; go read it!

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