Political notes

  • “Activist judge” may be among the mildest epitaths and attacks to which U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier will be subject for blocking South Dakota’s new abortion law. Judge Schreier, who happens to be a Roman Catholic, deserves praise for upholding her oath to “administer justice” and “impartially” discharge and perform her duties under the Constitution and laws. (The challenged law, with its moral and religious-based findings, is here).
  • Much chatter in the SD liberal blogosphere about a perceived ethical breach by John Thune prior to his election to the Senate but I have yet to see anything in the traditional media.
  • Finally, Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement, Rehnquist’s health and rumors of at least one more Supreme Court retirement see to guarantee the spectre of a long-time Dubya Court. I’m not going to keep track of all the speculation and debate but will simply remind you of the The Supreme Court Nomination Blog. It appears to be a fairly objective and balanced approach to what looks to be the political spectacle of the summer and fall.

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

Mark Twain, Notebook (1898)

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