Thank You Justice Stevens


What must underlie petitioners’ entire federal assault on the Florida election procedures is an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed. Otherwise, their position is wholly without merit. The endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

    I respectfully dissent.




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19 responses to “Thank You Justice Stevens

  1. nannymm

    Imagine how different the world and this country might be if the other justices had followed Justice Stevens in that case. No President Bush, no Iraq war, no Patriot Act, no warrantless wiretapping, no Alito or Roberts on SCOTUS……

    • dnd

      Brian reminds me that the loony left will be disappointed with Obama’s pick and the wacko right will be enraged. I agree, though I think some of the loony left will be enraged too, just because that’s what they like to do.

      Here’s who I want Obama to pick: someone who’ll put a burr in Scalia’s saddle, so much so that he’ll resign. And with Scalia gone, Thomas will have no one to write his opinions for him, so he’ll quit too.

  2. “who’ll put a burr in Scalia’s saddle, so much so that he’ll resign. And with Scalia gone, Thomas will have no one to write his opinions for him, so he’ll quit too.”

    Whatever you’re smoking, FedEx some to me!

  3. nannymm

    While you’re dreaming there, dnd, how about a scenario to get rid of Alito and Roberts? May as well dream big….

  4. nannymm

    Btw… Canyon had been very amused by today’s BC banter.

  5. I really am quite struck by the lack of nuance in Roberts’ record on the court.

  6. How’s your grandson doing nanny?

  7. nannymm

    My must read for today:

    Rebel Yell
    In which the author looks deep inside his Southern heart and weighs in on Virginia’s declaration of April as Confederate History Month.

    Don’t get me wrong—I’m proud of my ancestors, and if I had been a Virginian in the 1860s, I would have no doubt been fighting for the South. It’s ridiculous to say otherwise. But guess what? It’s not the 1860s, and I’d like to think we’ve all—even Southerners—evolved a little in the last 150 years or so. And guess what again? The South lost. It’s true. I looked it up, remember? And the reasons for the war weren’t “noble and fine and honorable,” like I thought they were when I was a little boy worshiping false idols and ogling a dead horse.

    • dnd

      “Rebel Yell” as I recall, is some godawful bourbon. About as close to moonshine as you can get.

      Glad to hear the grandkids are on the mend. Having a loving grandma is always the best medicine.

  8. nannymm

    The little one is doing great. I think he’s quite proud of his injured arm. Now he even has metal pins in him, just like his daddy. LOL They’re arriving tonight for the weekend. We’re going to color eggs since we didn’t get the chance last weekend. And, of course, that Bunny left a HUGE basket just filled to the brim with candy for the little guy….

    Canyon is almost fully recovered from his mono. He’s going on a scout camping trip this weekend. With any luck it won’t rain…. not that the boys care. They’ll just make a bigger bonfire. 🙂

    So, all is good here in “Nannyland.” Thanks for asking.

  9. Dooty

    when I clicked on this story, I was expecting something different than what I read.

    • dnd

      Thanks. That is a “must read” link.

      “The most basic test of democracy is not what people do when they win; it is what people do when they lose.”

  10. Good catch on that link Doots, I find the right’s sudden embrace of Karzai down right weird.

  11. BTW loving the job Spitzer is doing filling in for Dylan. He nailed that very stupid woman who was just on regarding Bush v. Gore.

    • dnd

      Turned on the TV this am and “Morning Joe” was on. I was about to change the channel, but Savannah Guthrie and Mike Barnicle were filling in for squint and meat puppet, with Norah O’Donnell in the third chair. It was an interesting, informative, thought provoking show, and distinctively different than the Jerry Springer/Glenn Beck motif that typifies Morning Joe. Too bad MSNBC head Phil Griffin prefers the latter to the former.

  12. nannymm

    Dnd, Joe was off all last week. What a pleasure that was! But days like today when Mika is gone, too, are even better. Savannah Guthrie did a great job. Even Barnicle is fine when Joe isn’t there.

    Brian, I missed that show this afternoon. Had to drive my kid out to camp. Maybe MSNBC will post the clip later. I love Spitzer! I really hope he runs for office again. But until then, maybe MSNBC can give him a show. It looks like Schuster is gone for good so there are two open hours….

  13. nannymm

    Doots, ditto what dnd said. Thanks for posting that.

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