Friday, June 27, 2003

Sodomites 6, theo-fascists 3. US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gets it exactly right. Commenting on the Court's six-to-three decision throwing out the Texas sodomy law and, in effect, virtually legalizing same-sex relations, a bitter and angry Scalia accuses his colleagues of having "taken sides in the culture war" and having "largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda."

Damn straight! This week has really been a wondrous one for progressives, who've gone from looking at the Court as a virtual extension of the Bush presidency -- whose very existence it had hurried into being -- to, surprisingly, a last bastion of justice.

Earlier this week, of course, the Court upheld affirmative action in college admissions, although rigid quota systems will not be allowed. Unfortunately, the court made a bad call in upholding a law ordering public libraries that receive federal funding to filter out Internet porn. But the republic will survive that a whole lot better than it would have survived bad decisions in the sodomy and affirmative-action cases.

These stunningly good decisions are accompanied by recent buzz that, contrary to longstanding rumor, none of the justices is seriously contemplating retirement.

Media Log's theory: buyer's remorse. When five justices rushed to hand the presidency to George W. Bush two and a half years ago, they may have seen him as a garden-variety conservative cut from the same mold as his father.

Now that they -- or at least Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, the most moderate of the five conservatives -- have gotten a look at how radical Bush really is, they've decided to stay put for as long as they can.

Long live the Supreme Court!

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