Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Rehnquist to Stay on Supreme Court

I'm going to go out on a limb here. Despite what almost every political pundit predicts, I believe that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will not--I repeat--will not step down this Summer. Yes he has cancer. Yes he is a very sick man. But if you've ever known anyone with cancer, you know that they often muster an inner strength in confronting this beast; a strength like nothing they've ever known. They possess a tremendous will to live; a need to be productive, useful and victorious over their dreaded disease. And that does not--I repeat--does not come from packing it in and sitting in a rocker waiting to die. Justice Rehnequist is an extremely ambitious, powerful and important man. You don't get to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by being passive and dispassionate. He's a fighter, and he will fight cancer on his own terms. And that means in the court. So, I predict that he will don his black robe until he literally cannot any longer, until they have to carry him out. Quitting the court is tantamount to quitting life to someone like Rehnquist. I will be shocked if he is not back on the bench this Fall. Andy

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