THE ARGUMENT FROM TRADITION.Thers take on the first half of the Scalia quote approvingly cited by Ann Althouse. I'd like to deal with the second:
"What Shakespeare is to the high school English student," Scalia said, "the society's accepted constitutional traditions are to the prudent jurist.
"He does not judge them, but is judged by them. The very test of the validity of his analytic formulas -- his rules -- is whether, when applied to traditional situations, they yield the results that American society has traditionally accepted."
THE FECKLESSNESS OF CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS.Garance, Matt and zuzu have already amply demonstrated the bad faith, distortions, and selective evidence of the latest manifestation of Christina Hoff Sommers's feeble "American feminists don't care about the suppression of Islamic women" routine.
HAWKS STICKING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND (OF IRAQ).Ezra reminds us of one of the more bizarre manifestations of pro-Bush's-war liberalism, Paul Berman's attempt to fit Islamic terrorism seamlessly into the WWII and/or Cold War models of conflict, as a fight waged against totalitarianism.
VOTE FRAUD FRAUD UPDATE. New evidence suggests that the failure of U.S. Attorneys to pursue bogus vote fraud changes was an even bigger factor in the DOJ's political purge than was previously known:
Nearly half the U.S. attorneys slated for removal by the administration last year were targets of Republican complaints that they were lax on voter fraud, including efforts by presidential adviser Karl Rove to encourage more prosecutions of election- law violations, according to new documents and interviews.