Sunday, June 12, 2005

Linda Greenhouse On The Libertarian's Setback 

Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times Linda Greenhouse does an excellent job documenting the bomb the Raich was to libertarian efforts to change the interpretation of the Commerce Clause back to one that support's limited government and the Founder's view.

"The federalism boomlet has fizzled," said Michael S. Greve of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research organization here. Mr. Greve directs the group's federalism project, dedicated to "rehabilitating a constitutional federalism."

"A fair-weather federalist," was how Roger Pilon, director of the libertarian Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, described Justice Scalia. Asked for his response to the decision, Mr. Pilon exclaimed: "A disaster."

"The court never reached a stable equilibrium, and now we are in a period of very robust national commitments, domestic as well as foreign." Ultimately he [Mr. Greve]said, "it is a revolution that has found no takers."
Back to the drawing board.

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