Although the occasional cipher has been thrust into the highest levels of the Washington political scene in the past (see, for example, Dan Quayle) it seems that the process of driving substance out of the picture has accelerated since John McCain’s inexplicable choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Now that President Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court has been revealed to be Elena Kagan, whose primary accomplishment to date has been to leave no record, instead of the clearly superior and substantial candidate Diane Wood, it seems that substance is in retreat in a way never seen before.
|By: Jim White Monday May 10, 2010 2:01 pm|
|By: David Dayen Monday April 19, 2010 2:20 pm|
The theocratic right is busily defining Diane Wood as a radical extremist hell-bent on aborting every child in America, because they actually have rulings where she has ruled in abortion cases.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 9, 2010 12:03 pm|
One positive feature (OK, this isn’t so positive) of a Supreme Court fight is that the formidable Supreme Court commentator cottage industry gets to ramp up again. Conservative groups raise a mint off a Court fight; most of it goes to enrich movement conservatives and little else. So now we get to see folks like [...]
|By: David Dayen Friday April 9, 2010 7:50 am|
It’s retirement Friday, it seems. The AP has a report (no link yet) that Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring. This has been rumored for a while. More when I have it. UPDATE: There’s a link now. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, [...]
|By: David Dayen Monday April 5, 2010 8:45 am|
John Paul Stevens didn’t really break any news when he revealed this weekend that he would retire sometime within Barack Obama’s term. Thoughts of retirement and being 89 years old go together, and anyway Stevens hasn’t hired enough law clerks for the next court session. What is new is the speculation on replacements for Stevens, which has settled on the Solicitor General and two federal appeals court judges.