If you can’t stay awake, it’s time to quit

by Sal on March 2, 2006

in Politics

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the Texas redistricting case yesterday. During the arguments, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dosed off. Now, if a Supreme Court justice did not stay awake for the arguments, should she not recuse herself? I think it’s time to wish Justice Ginsburg a long, happy, restful retirement, and bring in an Originalist to replace her.

On another note, the case itself is troublesome. The Constitution strictly gives the power of drawing congressional districts to the State Legislature. The only time when the court has traditionally challenged this right is the use of gerrymandering for racial purposes (drawing weird district lines that exclude a specific racial group, in violation of the 14th amendment equal protection clause). In this case, the districts are fairly logical, and favor Republicans in a state predominately Republican. The worrisome factor, however, is that Justice Kennedy seemed to say that the redistricting was racially-motivated.

One of the major themes of the Axis of Right, and one of the more important issues of the Conservative movement in general, is to restore the balance of power between the three branches of government according to the Constitution. I hope the court gets this one right. If they don’t it will be one more usurpation of power of a select group of “Philosopher Kings” in black robes from the democratically-elected legislatures of this country.

And any justice who can’t stay awake should retire.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike March 2, 2006 at 9:01 am

I have been in trial where the judge fell asleep while opposing counsel was speaking. Some jurors laughed.


Ryan March 2, 2006 at 4:03 pm

It was great! I have a liberal friend who happened to be forced into watch Fox News yesterday when he encountered the report on the Texas redistricting issue.

He obviously thought that Fox was biased by showing Ginsberg and not spending enough time on the Democrat’s position. First of all, I also saw the report. Secoindly, the Dems position was belittled by Stevens AND Souter, even prompting Ginsberg to nod off! THAT’s news! I’m not sure there was any bias there– the case is THAT straight forward. It wasn’t just Scalia laughing this time!

He also thinks Bush is a fascist. Nuff said.


Chris March 2, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I am sure that if it were Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, or Alito to fall asleep during a hearing, the libs would have a field day with this, as they did when Scalia went hunting with Cheney and did not recuse himself from Cheney v. US District Court. They also threw a temper tantrum when Scalia made a speech to
The Urban Family Council .


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