May 1st, 2009

Apollo 4 on column of fire

The mystery of David Souter

The mystery of David Souter is why anyone is surprised he is retiring. I listen to Jon Elliot and Bob Ney expressing their surprise, and speaking in terms of the justices’ ages and health. What these people are not doing is thinking about David Souter, the individual.

This is the justice who, supposedly, nearly resigned on account of the Bush v. Gore and who, supposedly, doesn’t really like his job that much, or at least where it is located. The surprise would be if he didn’t resign, now that it is not a necessary duty that he fill a seat that might be given to a Satanic cacodemon willing to do a Bush v. Gore a thousand times or more.