Private: Unglued

Here’s something I need to get off my chest.

While I’ve been on my supposed hiatus, lolling about, eating bon bons and sipping sparkling water, there’s been a great deal of Supreme Court discussion to the tune of “look, the court isn’t really so conservative after all, and everything is actually hunky-dory.”

Do not believe the people who say this. They have no idea what they are talking about.

Many of the recent, more progressive decisions are the result of one vote: O’Connor’s. When she retires, as she is expected to do shortly, the jurisprudence could turn on a dime, especially if we end up with another Scalia, Robin–er, I mean, Thomas–or Rehnquist. Even if O’Connor doesn’t retire, the average age of the Justices is 68. The situation, while better than we thought, is still dire.

The glass is half empty, people! Half empty!

Thank you. That is all.