Saturday, January 18, 2003

PowerLine scores a double 

A daily stop on the blogroll for me is PowerLine, and today they're on top of their game. They show several pictures of the rallies in San Francisco and Washington, co-ordinated by A.N.S.W.E.R., an offshoot of the World Workers' Party, a hardline Communist organization. See also this article by David Corn, and this one from Donald Sensing. (Hat tip: Sgt Stryker.)

Then Hindrocket posts comments on the Michigan case that are much more pessimistic than my own.

If conservatives stand on principle--it is wrong for the government to discriminate among its citizens on the basis of race--we have a winning argument, logically, legally and politically. But if we begin by conceding that it is not just permissible but admirable for governments to try to achieve racial "diversity," and the only question is how this should best be done, we lose--logically, legally and perhaps even politically. Our best hope now is that the Court may ignore the Administration's position entirely.
I doubt the Supremes will ignore it; aside Scalia, nobody would have the sack to go all the way to the principled stand, and Rehnquist will almost certainly want something better than a 5-4 decision. We learned that with Florida and Bush and Gore.