The fact that Souter decided — like Warren, Brennan, Blackmun, Stevens, O'Connor and Kennedy — that he would prefer to be a Philosopher King rather than a judge once he got on the court doesn't mean you never can tell with any of these guys. It means you have to find judges who wake up every morning: (1) thinking about the right answers to legal questions; and (2) chortling about how much his latest opinion will tick off the left.
Uh-oh, Ann Coulter again, continuing to press (make) her case that John Roberts is a cautiously chosen U.S. Supreme Court nominee who can’t be trusted to be another Scalia or Thomas. “READ MY LIPS: NO NEW LIBERALS” is her column title, again setting the mark for wit and perspicacity in the political-commentary arena. In this column she shows how good Souter looked to conservatives based on his record as New Hampshire’s attorney general — tough on abortion, soft on lowering the state flag on Good Friday.
At one point, she writes, again with wicked, well-aimed wit, “the only people more opposed to abortion than Souter were still in vitro.” As for lowering the flag to commemorate Christ’s death, he said at the time that it
“no more establishes a religious position on the part of the state or promotes a religion than the lowering of the flag for the death of Hubert Humphrey promotes the cause of the Democratic Party in New Hampshire."
He also “openly proclaimed his support for the ‘original intent’ in interpreting the Constitution.” Then came his philosopher king turnaround, which Coulter deplores, needless to say. She wants a different kind of justice, one who aggressively pursues constitutional interpretation over making things right as he sees fit. She even gives up the pro-life issue:
I don't give a rat's behind whether the guy is pro-life, whether his wife is pro-life, whether he used to be pro-life, whether he will become pro-life, etc. That tells us how he would vote as a state legislator. He isn't being nominated for state legislator.
Let us remember that last sentence. It’s very important and in typical Ann Coulter fashion encapsulates the essence of the question, if I may go redundant for effect. Just this once, OK?