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15 September 2005

Roberts Miscellany

At one point in the hearing, Teddy got Roberts too admit during questioning on Brown v Board that in deciding a case "you do need to look at the real-world impact." This may sound like apple pie, but could there be a single institution less equipped to judge the real-world impact of anything (other than its own schedule)? They don't do any investigating of their own, they only hear from lawyers never "real-world" people, they are not held accountable in any way for what they do - and generally their backgrounds do not give them any insights into real-world life. So how can the Supreme Court assess real-world impacts?
Of course when Kennedy talks about real-world impacts he is looking at it from an entirely bleeding-heart perspective. The real world impact of housing discrimination is that some specific people don't get to live in some specific houses, never that, say, every white person in a neighborhood will move out within 5 years leaving a once vibrant community in a complete state of ruin. But then again Kennedy's real world is one where a 32 year old with almost no experience of any kind is elected a United States Senator, so we can't expect much from him in the "real world" understanding department, either.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Dano said...

Kennedy bashing after all these years. When he goes and with Jon Jon gone it is all she wrote. Poor Joe not his plan.

Alberto Gonzalez is our next justice. The wounded cowboy can't take any chances. Probably pretty pissed that Ophelia wasn't bigger so he could get those whiners from La. off Cnn.

September 15, 2005 11:44 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

Good thing Teddy never made president. Can you imagine a born with a silver spoon in his mouth, inexperienced, out of touch president when something like 911 or Katrina hits. Aaaah...

September 15, 2005 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Clearly having Teddy opposed to you is not, in the larger scheme, a bad thing. It almost immediately casts you as a reasonable, moderate person.
I thought Bush's speech last night was well written and he didn't blow any lines (a hurricane from Pat O'Brien's to steady his nerves?). Unfortunately, like the entire federal response, it was about 7-10 days later than it should have been.
Even though I'm a well known Bush critic, I can't imagine Teddy in power during a crisis/disaster. At least Bush has a few reasonable (?) advisors. The imaginary Teddy Kennedy cabinet and advisor staff is something nightmares are made of.
Harlem

September 16, 2005 7:57 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Dano, you're right - Teddy bashing is a bit of a cheap thrill these days. It's just that I find myself ripping into GWB so much these days I need that once in a while to make sure I'm still standing on the right side of the shore.

September 17, 2005 8:24 AM  

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