welfare state and the advocates of "virtue" have few friends
in common. Those on the right want to save virtue from the welfare state,
while those on the left want to protect the welfare state from the rhetoric
of virtue. An exemplar of the latter tendency is James Morone's "The
Corrosive Politics of Virtue" (May-June 1996).
So it has come down to this: The chief executive of the most powerful nation
in the world will be determined by nine Supreme Court Justices' interpretation of the Electoral Count Act of 1887. As I write, it is hard to tell how the Court will decide, but one thing is clear -- the injection of the Supreme Court into this process is the final absurdity in the nation's fruitless attempt to solve an essentially political conflict by legal means. There is no reason to assume that the Supreme Court will succeed where lower courts have, as yet, failed.