Sunday, September 04, 2005

A Great Jurist Dies

William Rehnquist was an American hero.

A towering intellect on the Supreme Court, Rehnquist was also a man of noble character whose efforts in defending the U.S. Constitution were steadfast, eloquent and courageous. He will be sorely missed.

And unless the President, the G.O.P. and the American public get serious about appointing a like-spirited person to the Supreme Court, Rehnquist's passing will be a devastating blow to our nation.

Here's Power Line's Paul Mirengoff on William Rehnquist...

Chief Justice Rehnquist graced the Court for three and a half decades. I'm not sure that any Justice in our history has written as many good opinions. And even those who didn't like his opinions will remember him for his gentlemanly demeanor and excellent scholarship.

Unfortunately, Rehnquist was unable to put his stamp on the Rehnquist court. Indeed, it's a bit misleading to refer to such a thing. But that wasn't his fault; three different Republican administrations let him down. If Nixon, Reagan and Bush-I had done a better job picking Justices, the Rehnquist court would have been a fitting memorial to the man.