Professor Hanson on the Supreme Court’s ‘drifters’

When Justices William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor left the bench last year, conservatives were in an anxious mood: though pleased at the prospect of shifting the Supreme Court to the right, they were worried by the record of past Republican appointments. The refrain in conservative commentary, repeated with special intensity during the Harriet Miers affair, was: Not another Souter. Not another Kennedy. Not another O’Connor.

Professor Hanson on Supreme Court politics

When it comes to Supreme Court nominees, conservatives are in agreement: Situation matters. Pundits on the right shouted down Harriet E. Miers over concerns that her evangelical backbone would whither under Washington winds. Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. stepped into her spot seeming of far more stalwart vertebrae, but as his backers have stressed recently, he is a creature of situation as well.

The Dean Saves the Day

  For Dean Robert Clark ’72 it was just another day at the office when students in the Drama Society’s spring parody, License to Bill, called on him to simultaneously deliver punch lines and save the School from destruction. In the play, Clark (flanked by Nancy Trainer ’01 and Aaron Rosenberg ’02) comes to the […]