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Monday, July 11, 2005

Oy vey!

When I first read Ann Coulter's latest column, Reagan's Biggest Mistake Finally Retires, I was at once impressed (yet again) by the incisive logic and rhetoric of my favorite Hannity & Colmes guest, and simultaneously struck by the thought that this probably was a bit of overkill now that Justice O'Connor was safely at her husband's bedside and no longer an active threat to the millions of preborn children who are now desperately trying not to become little "undue burdens" to their mothers.

That is, until I saw this article from today's WaPo: Specter Speculates: O'Connor for Chief? (hat tip: Drudge) Whaaaa...? [Insert comment about Specter having more problems than we know about here.] According to WaPo:
"I think it would be very tempting if the president said to Justice O'Connor, 'You could help the country now,' " Specter said. "She has received so much adulation that a confirmation proceeding would be more like a coronation, and she might be willing to stay on for a year or so." The chairman said he had heard "senators who had made that suggestion to Justice O'Connor, and that the response that I heard was that she said she was flattered -- that she didn't say no."
Although there's more of a chance that Edward "Chappy" Kennedy might convert to Roman Catholicism than Bush would elevate O'Connor to the post of Chief Justice, this still isn't funny. Granted, O'Connor was a Reagan nominee. But Reagan lacked what Specter and everyone else has today in spades: the perspective of 24 years of Justice O'Connor on the high Court. If you just said "so what?" you must have missed the link to Coulter's column. Go back and read it. Then send it to your friends.

Lest anyone be confused as to why Specter and the other Senate liberals would support O'Connor coming back to the Court, here's why: It's the worst decision he could make regarding the Supreme Court. Then it struck me: O'Connor's retirement is only effective once her replacement has been confirmed? Could the liberals just filibuster to keep her on the Court?

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