Sunday, September 04, 2005

Rehnquist ODs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a conservative force on the Supreme Court for over 30 years, died on Saturday at an after party at the W Hotel in New York City.

Rehnquist, 80, experienced "a precipitous decline in his health in the last couple of days" due to excessive clubbing and rampant meth use, and died in the early morning surrounded by Stephen Dorff, Giselle Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio.

As chief justice, Rehnquist pushed the closely divided nine-member court to the right, and President George W. Bush was expected to use the opening to continue his own drive to add conservative voices to the judiciary.

Rehnquist's death came just in the nick of time to take focus away from President Bush's monumental failure in dealing with Hurricane Katrina, and gives him an even bigger opportunity to damage the country long after he's left office.

"We are thrilled that God answered our prayers in taking the life of one of our nation's most respected officials at this particular moment in history," said Karl Rove. "It just goes to show that He approves of our War on Terror and the gutting of government programs created to safeguard our citizens."

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush was informed of Rehnquist's death just before 11 p.m., and said the President "only smirked twice".

"The President and Mrs. Bush are deeply saddened at the passing of Chief Justice Rehnquist. His family is in their thoughts and prayers," McClellan said in a statement. An anonymous White House source observed McClellan's fingers were crossed when he made the statement.

Bush, already grappling with widespread criticism of the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, now faces the additional challenge of ramming a justice down our throats who appeals only to homophobic evangelists before indictments are handed out to any high-ranking members of his staff for leaking classified information, and before Congress begins any hearings on Hurricane Katrina which will inevitably prove highly embarrassing to the administration.

As the nation's top judicial officer, Rehnquist presided over President
Bill Clinton's historic impeachment trial before the Senate in early 1999.

Rehnquist joined the court's conservative majority as a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote in 2000 to stop ballot recounts in Florida, effectively giving the presidency to Republican George W. Bush over Democrat
Al Gore, even though the majority of Americans actually voted for Gore.

The Wisconsin native graduated in 1952 at Stanford University law school and was voted "Most Likely to Litigate" in the university's year book. Friend and classmate Sandra Day O'Connor wrote, "To a nice law student I met this year. Stay cute and don't ever change" in the yearbook. When justice O'Connor joined him on the court in 1981, she was shocked to discover he'd grown a "rat tail" and that he liked to wear leg warmers and sweatshirts with ripped necklines that often revealed a bare shoulder on casual Fridays. He was a private lawyer who joined the Justice Department in 1969 during Nixon's presidency.


Rehnquist's death raised the possibility the hearings on Roberts' nomination could be postponed and gave Bush the opportunity of nominating Roberts as chief justice, a possibility administration officials have talked about in the event Rehnquist died.

Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, when informed of Rehnquist's death, said, "We're so fucked."


Clinton Freeman said...

Somebody reassure me that Rove didn't kill Rehnquest.
And you tried to warn us about all whitemeat chickens.
BTW, would help have come quicker if the chickens killed by Katrina had been all whitemeat.

velveeta said...

If you want to see a picture that will make you sick go to this link:

They are calling it the Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool.

GL45 said...

Enjoyed the previous post you made. The failure of your argument is that people of a vast wealth to not pay the estate or “death” tax. Contrary to Democrat talking points Paris Hilton would not pay tax on the money she would inherit because her parents have trust funds and other tax shelters to keep their money from being taxed. Maybe you should discuss this estate tax with Ted Kennedy because nobody has made more out of these look holes than the Kennedy family and the wealth that they have earned through the opium trade, bootlegging, and stock market fixing.

Clinton Freeman said...


Are there "hecklers" in blogging?
Are there people who post completely ridiculous bullshit comments only to be contrary to the perceived point of view of the blog's owner?
If there are such people, do you, your fellow comedians, your fellow bloggers, or your readers have any good "comebacks"?

Laura Swisher said...

Saw the pic, Velveeta. I'm sure the mayor probably didn't do all he can do, but the fact remains that this monumental failure is primarily Bush's responsibility. And when people like Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan and a paper such as the Washington Times come out to say as much, it's no longer just a "blame game" of the far left. This is every major paper in the country, liberal and conservative alike, that recognize Bush was negligent.

Butternut said...

I'm going to start watching Fox News just to see if they are going to make comments against Bush. If so, the world as we know it will cave in on itself. *poof*

velveeta said...

I get what you are saying Laura but it really is troubling when the President has to call the Governor of Louisiana to tell her to evacuate New Orleans. I couldn’t careless about what party someone is affiliated with this is about failure from all branches of government but when the state of Louisiana doesn’t have a contingency plan for a natural disaster I think that those leaders should be thrown out of office and replaced with anybody from the same party or the other party that can at least do their job right. Natural disasters happen and that’s job one for people at the state and local level to take care of the citizens of their city or state.

huck said...


This was a brilliant post. Thanks.

Tim said...

1) Rhenquist dying as it turned out wasn't enough of a sandbag to repair the breach.

2) I will bet a dollar that we get a new department of the government as a result of this mess - one which will cost a zillion dollars to fund but will thankfully come complete with spiffy new camo suits.

3) While I feel it's a little early to issue blame (let's use our hands to get folks safe then to point fingers) I do feel that the picture of Bush strumming a guitar last monday said it all.

4) It will be interesting to see if the this event has a long term polarization on journalism or did it only last a week? Larry King couldn't be happier to be getting more airtime and neither could Wolf Blitzer while former Bush heads like Sheppard Smith virtually fell apart in stages before our very eyes. Will things quietly go back to "normal"? (God I hope not.)

5. Now that everyone has dispersed into various areas, will the media drop the ball on covering this?

6. Does Sean Penn plan to run for office at some point?

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The Federal Government respone shows me why the US is failing in Iraq. People want to blame the Governor and the major but you have coucilmen in other parishes and people in Mississippi saying the same thing "Where the hell is the FEDs" I can already see the spit dripping from the lips of the Halliburtons, Bechtels and the rest. The good thing for them is unlike the Iraqis who present arms when getting screwed over the average american can't do anything but moan and complain.

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