The man who yesterday became a Joe Wilson for “the least dangerous branch” —
Is the hyper-conservative Third Circuit judge against whom, specifically, Justice O’Connor drafted her historic “surprise” opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992) (h/t Jeff Toobin) and who, thanks to President Bush, would eventually take her seat on the Supreme Court. It’s like Moriarty getting 221B Baker Street through a tax sale: a final indignity. And he’s the man who, while a Supreme Court justice, would prove to be a pale shadow of Justice Scalia: all of the vitriol, none of the intellect.
Which is to say, there are probably some other reasons not to like the guy.