Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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Today’s Papers

Today’s Washington Post carries a very encouraging story to the effect that Bush and the high command of the Republican Party intend to go for a party sweep in next year’s election. The best part of the story is a quote from Bush saying he doesn’t want a replay of Nixon in 1972 or Reagan in 1984, where both men won landslide re-elections with little or no benefit to the party. In both of those cases, Nixon and Reagan ran mostly for personal victories, and disdained to connect their cause with the cause of their party.

Today’s stupidly comes from (where else?) the New York Times, where Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse (of the famous "Greenhouse Effect") laments that the current Supreme Court is so right wing that "No Justice now holds the death penalty is unconstitutional."

Imagine that! Not one justice thinks something explicitly approved in the Constitution is unconstitutional! What’s next? Actually reading the text itself?

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