Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Civility in the Supreme Court

A couple days ago, I noted that a younger version of Judge Roberts refused to write a "thank you" for a free policy journal.

Set aside that his blithe dismissal of concerns about apartheid in Namibia fits nicely with his indifference to questions of racial equality in America, including opposition to renewing some provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

The key difference between the Chief Justice and and Associate is that the Chief has to moderate between the justices, bringing them together around areas of agreement and parse out a reasonable discussion of the differences.

Do we trust a man who wouldn't right a "thank you" when ordered, to negotiate the undoubtedly heated debates between the bright minds and strong personalities of the highest court in the land?

Just wondering.

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