Wednesday, September 07, 2005

RIP Chief Justice Rehnquist

We were saddened, although not surprised of course, by the death this week of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. We have great admiration for Rehnquist and for his contributions to the law and the republic.

There is a fine article by Manuel Miranda about those contributions in OpinionJournal - The Next Justices. Here's a sample:
"Too many Americans will come to know William Rehnquist's name only by his death, and worse they will learn of him in shallow political terms, a manner not befitting a history-making jurist or the flag-protecting patriot that Rehnquist was. He was a conservative, yet it was not what he thought that defined him, but how he thought. He thought in principle. One would have to, to serve on the Supreme Court for a decade as its steady dissenter. More precisely, Rehnquist attached himself to a set of principles--the U.S. Constitution. One would also need to have the wit and playfulness the chief justice displayed in his subdued manner."
BTW, we've been religiously reading Miranda's articles on the confirmation process. If you have missed those, you may want to browse them while you're there.

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