Why would a man who is clearly dying continue on in his post at the supreme court? I believe that Rehnquist doesn't like Bush, and like the fictional justice in "The Pelican Brief", is holding on to life to prevent Bush from filling his seat. Why else would he continue on? Why wouldn't he retire like his class make Sandra Day O'Conner?
He's trying as hard as he can to stay alive, and on the job. Most people in his condition are able to rest in (relative) comfort as they await the inevitable. He chooses not to. Whatever you think of his jurisprudence, that he would give of himself for his country until the bitter end to prevent Bush from appointing another justice is heroic.
And yes, I do know he decided wrongly with regard to the recount thing. We all make mistakes.
-Miguel Sanchez 23:53 EST |