Ron George: My God, I Am Courageous!
The L.A. Times has a puff-piece interview with Ron George, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and the swing vote in the gay marriage decision:
[A]s he read the legal arguments, the 68-year-old moderate Republican was drawn by memory to a long ago trip he made with his European immigrant parents through the American South. There, the signs warning “No Negro” or “No colored” left “quite an indelible impression on me,” he recalled in a wide-ranging interview Friday.
“I think,” he concluded, “there are times when doing the right thing means not playing it safe.”
Oh, that quote says it all. The overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction . . . it just drips from off of your computer screen.
It could be Anthony Kennedy, basking in the glow of a reporter’s adulation and his own sense of his own courage.
What it doesn’t sound like, is a judge reading the text of a document and making a decision about what it means.