And Richard Cohen, who "writes" for the Washington Post.
But the title of his column today sucked me in like a hex nymph lures a smallmouth bass.
Unfortunately for me, he's the goof I remember him to be.
Chad Tidings"I believe John Roberts to be hell's spawn. But I have no good reason to believe so."
By Richard Cohen
Another hanging chad has dropped. His name is John G. Roberts Jr., and he undoubtedly will turn out to be opposed to abortion rights, affirmative action, an expansive view of federal powers and a reading of the Constitution that takes a properly suspicious view of the state's embrace of religion. [my emphasis] In these and other matters -- the death penalty, for instance -- he is expected to substantially reflect the views of George W. Bush, the man who nominated him to the Supreme Court, because that was what the election of 2000 and its sequel were all about. You hang enough chads, and you get to change the Supreme Court.
My predictions on how Roberts will vote when he (almost certainly) gets to the court are not based on a close reading of his scholarly writings -- there are almost none -- or a parsing of his decisions as an appellate judge. It is based entirely on the supposition [my emphasis] that Bush has taken the ideological measure of his nominee and has been assured by others that Roberts is a conservative, maybe deeply so. (link)
Richard Cohen is hereby banned from ever again being mentioned in this weblog. Effective immediately.