Friday, July 01, 2005

Breaking New! -- O'Connor Retires

The link is here.

First thoughts: the pressure on Bush to appoint another woman will be enormous.

Justice O'Connor has been undependable on abortion, and sympathetic to the notion that American constitutional law should be informed by international standards. Bush should nominate someone who will be more dependably conservative.

Justice O'Connor's recent dissent in the Kelo decision earned her some measure of respect among conservatives. However, one could make the case that the respect was not particularly deserved, not so much for the substance of her decision, as for the fact that the majority decision was so radical that it pushed his moderate Justice into dissent.

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