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Anna Quindlen on the Supreme Court

She writes, “[H]istory tells us that the decisions that made people angriest at the time are often the ones that seem most obviously just.” She cites Brown v. Board and the landmark criminal-procedure cases of the ’60s. No mention is made of Dred Scott, or Lochner. She goes on to describe Roe as “the most contentious decision of the 20th century and the one which has been the litmus test for the far right for 35 years.” But “history” tells us we’ll all come to see it as obviously just, right? As for the litmus-test business, let’s recall that the last Democratic president said that his appointments to the Supreme Court would support Roe. Republican presidents have not made the opposite pledge.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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