Holy Christ - Rehnquist Died
I was afraid this was bad taste, and I suppose it is. He was a pretty remarkable guy. But then I found REAL bad taste.
Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish
Rehnquist, 80 and ill with cancer, presided over President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999, helped settle the 2000 presidential election in Bush's favor, and fashioned decisions over the years that diluted the powers of the federal government while strengthening those of the states. That's a polite way of saying that whenever possible he stripped the people of civil liberties granted by the Warren Court, retrenched a woman's right to abortion significantly, maximized the state's police power against ordinary citizenry, and presided over a dysfunctional Supreme Court that rarely agreed upon anything,
Big Bill was born in snowy Wisconsin to stern, Scandinavian parents. Big Bill worked in the Nixon Adminstration Justice Department under the tutorage of John "Tits In A Wringer" Mitchell, running crackback with Pat Buchanan to protect the power of a corrupt Presidency against Archibald Cox and other men and women of common decency and honesty. Appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon, and appointed Chief Justice by Ronald Raygun, Rehnquist distinguished himself on the Court by exhibiting an admittedly towering intellect and the morals of a radical right wing Neanderthal.
Upon hearing the news, George W. Bush and his posse of right wing baboons broke out the bourbon and pharmaceutical cocaine from Walter Reed and forgot about the poor African Americans dying in New Orleans. Snorting lines off a White House toilet, they are babbling almost incoherently about utilizing a Michael Ovitz approach to Supreme Court nominations and packaging their nomination of John Roberts with Jerry Falwell or a similar extremist right wing nitwit to guarantee the Republicans the religious right, John Birch Society, and Posse Comitatus vote in the next Presidential election. White House interns, mesmerized by the pure white flake being passed around the West Wing, are throwing darts at photographs of Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, and Al Gore.