Ted Kennedy on the Passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist

Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist:

“This is a time of great loss for our nation. Vicki and I join the nation in mourning the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist and we hold his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Chief Justice Rehnquist served this country with the greatest distinction, and I respected his leadership of the federal judiciary and his strong commitment to the integrity and independence of the courts.

We are at a defining moment for the nation. In the midst of great loss and great tragedy, it is a time for America to come together. As we have so many times before, we will continue to move America forward. Our first priority must be to remain focused on relieving the suffering of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and rebuilding those lives, those cities and those communities. The nation’s eyes and hearts and attention are and should be focused on the ongoing tragedy in the South.

We must also recognize the importance of choosing two new Supreme Court justices at the same time, who will together help determine the direction of this country for generations to come. We should proceed carefully and appropriately in filling these important vacancies. With Justice O’Connor committing to stay until her replacement is named, we can and should remain focused first on protecting our citizens who need help the most, while we prepare to do what is necessary to ensure that the Supreme Court remains strongly committed and able to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans.”

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3 Responses to Ted Kennedy on the Passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist

  1. Ben Mercadante says:

    One of the tenets of duty in what Judge Rehnquist’s thought the role of the Court’s place within constitutional interpretation was that the States right’s should supersede the federal claim. In the landmark decision of 2000 Judge Rehnquist ruled contrary to what he had espoused all these years, and pulled rank on the Florida Supreme Court, thus appointing G. W. Bush to the Presidency. The rest is history. I am sure Mr. Rehnquist has ment well all these years of service and had served with much distinction, but unfortunatly for all, his historical legacy will be this poorly executed decision, I for one just hope we all get the chance to note it in the history books. We will never know what Mr. Rehnquist really thought about Bush, or if he lived to regret his decision, God knows he should have seen enough by now if regret was found. It is amazing the amount of crisis real and imagined we now have laid at our door, and at a time when we very well may have the most incompetent Administration in our varied but short political history.

  2. kj says:

    Ben, yes. I remember Rehnquist’s role in Selection 2000 all too well. At the time, my worst-case scenarios of what was to come were dire. To say that those scenarios have been so far surpassed in direness is a massive understatement.

  3. Ben Mercadante says:

    Well that is true it’s been dire straights since the decision, of course O’Conner also had a chance to stop it, but Rehnquist could have also put his foot down, were these people really that politically “out to lunch”? I also mentioned all of this because conservatives typically state their adherence to the values they firmly believe in, and are constantly voicing that liberals just flip -flop their values on a regular basis. The reality is that even an old retiring conservative judge fliped on his belief system, and we will never know why.