Parts II and III of Confirm Them’s Q&A with Jan Crawford Greenburg are up.
Part II is here. Quotable:
As incredible as it may seem, Stevens insists he hasn’t changed, that he’s the same “conservative” that President Ford nominated in 1975. I interviewed him for Nightline in January after Ford’s funeral, and he was adamant. “I don’t really think I’ve changed. I think there have been a lot of changes in the Court,” he said. “I can see myself as a conservative, to tell you the truth, a judicial conservative.” And he didn’t laugh. He was sincere. He meant it.
Heh. What a maroon.
Part III is, in my view, more interesting. It is here. Quotable, re the predicted outcome of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban case:
Based on the arguments, I think the Court will uphold the federal partial-birth abortion ban, and I expect it to overturn Stenberg, which split the Court 5-4 in 2000, with O’Connor casting the decisive vote against similar laws in about 30 states. Now I know that Anthony Kennedy can back away from his position in Stenberg. And I know lots of you (ok, probably most of you) think he will. I don’t. He was outraged by Stenberg. He clearly felt had by O’Connor and Souter. He believed they’d walked away from the deal the three struck in Casey. To Kennedy, Casey meant that legislatures still had a voice in the abortion debate. The government could make moral choices. But Stenberg, he believed, said the opposite. When coupled with his powerful dissent in Hill v. Colorado, it’s hard for me to see how Kennedy could view it so differently now.
I know! I know! It’s Justice Kennedy! He can change his mind! And he may. But even if he does, that means we’ll get a narrowly written opinion that still upholds the law. That’s what most seasoned court watchers are predicting—including people with very good track records, like the National Journal’s Stuart Taylor. (I really should know better than betting against Stuart.)
Interesting. I don’t trust Anthony Kennedy further than I could throw Michael Moore. But I’m slightly heartened by this take.
If the Supreme Court interests you at all, I once again recommend Ms. Greenburg’s book. Buy it here.