Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker has another one of those columns arguing that the Supreme Court deserves a high level legitimacy regardless of what it does (or, more to the point in this case, of what it’s about to do.) This makes no sense, and indeed I could write a book about it. But dig this move:
Not surprisingly, the Marquette poll also showed that highly partisan respondents see the court as either too liberal or too conservative. But between the extremes, Americans are comfortable with the court’s more-or-less even makeup. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said the Supreme Court justices base their decisions on the law rather than politics. To that description, I would add “facts.” The facts of a given case guide a judge’s deliberations and conclusions.
Similarly, I’d say the Patriots and Jets started out yesterday on roughly equal footing — Bill Belichick and Adam Gase are, after all, both professional football coaches.