Chief Justice Rehnquist died earlier tonight, aged 80.
I can’t pretend to mourn the man, but neither do I have any stomach for attacking the recently departed on their deathday. Clearly his family loved him, and he had many admirers, and I’m sorry they’re feeling a loss. He was without any doubt a brilliant man, and one whose accomplishments were – unfortunately, in my view – enourmous.
Nor do I have any idea what this means for the Court. (Rehnquist was already an anti-Roe vote, so Bush getting to replace him with another anti-Roe vote won’t change the balance).
Truth is, I don’t really have anything to say, yet. But I thought “Alas” readers might like a place to discuss Rehnquist and the upcoming court battles, so….
UPDATE: Whoops! P-A and I crossposted.