Hey Sandra, not now. I'm busy.
Call me selfish, but I really don't understand why Sandra Day O' Connor had to resign from the Supreme Court today. Obviously, I would have preferred her to wait until 2008 when we had a slim hope of having a President who had just a smidgen of respect for the rule of law. But waiting at least until after Chief Justice Rehnquist is gone would have been polite. And, if even that was just too much for her, how about waiting until fall, when my daughter starts pre-school and I can put some more energy into a nomination battle? I understand, sometimes "personal reasons" can't wait. But really, why can't they? Is she a secret science-fiction novelist? Is she having a hot affair with someone who lives in Tahiti and she's moving there so they can be together? My point is she better have a damn good reason for ruining my Friday and if everybody but me knows it would someone please enlighten me?
People for the American Way and Salon do a lovely job of reminding us of about twenty key decisions (for civil rights, for reproductive rights, for privacy, etc.) where O'Connor was the swing vote. Rehnquist, when he does finally leave, will likely be replaced by someone equally conservative. O'Connor will, no doubt, be replaced by someone far worse. This is bad, folks. Not fundraising-inspired hysteria bad. But honestly horrible enough to mess up what would otherwise have been a busy but endurable afternoon.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has urged Bush to identify a nominee who is "in the broad constitutional mainstream and who will make all Americans proud." "With this nomination," he said, "the President should choose to unite the country, not divide it."
Fat chance. Bush seems to take extra delight in sneering at these pleas to "unite" the country. Looks like I'm going to have to put aside my lunch plans, find a babysitter, and gear up for a serious fight.