The Corner

Senator Durbin’S Opening Statement

Sen. Durbin says that the requirement for any Supreme Court nominee is whether he or she will restrict freedom or expand it. He says a justice should vote to expand freedom even if there is nothing in the Constitution to support such a ruling.

Well, folks, you can’t make it much clearer than that. Conservatives are all for freedom, too (more so on most issues than liberals), but we recognize that the role of judges is to follow the text of the Constitution. The Constitution manifestly does not always restrict freedom and does not always expand it. Sen. Durbin does not believe in a written constitution, but he gets to vote on who sits on the Supreme Court.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Kat Timpf Chased Out of Brooklyn Bar

Fox News personality and National Review contributor Kat Timpf was forced to leave a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after a woman she had never met became enraged upon learning she worked in conservative media. Timpf, who has twice previously been harassed while socializing in New York City, first described ... Read More
Film & TV

The Dan Crenshaw Moment

Given the spirit of our times, things could have gone so differently. On November 3, when Saturday Night Live comic Pete Davidson mocked Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch, saying he looked like a “hit man in a porno movie” — then adding, “I know he lost his eye in war or whatever” — it was a ... Read More

The Present American Revolution

The revolution of 1776 sought to turn a colony of Great Britain into a new independent republic based on constitutionally protected freedom. It succeeded with the creation of the United States. The failed revolution of 1861, by a slave-owning South declaring its independence from the Union, sought to bifurcate ... Read More

Florida’s Shame, and Ours

Conspiracy theories are bad for civic life. So are conspiracies. I wonder if there is one mentally normal adult walking these fruited plains -- even the most craven, abject, brain-dead partisan Democrat -- who believes that what has been going on in Broward County, Fla., is anything other than a brazen ... Read More