Times Watch Quotes of Note: Great Minds Think Alike...So Do Times Legal Reporters

Plus no liberals on the Supreme Court and angry white male reactionary Tea Partiers


Great Minds Think Alike...So Do Times Legal Reporters

"In cases involving prisoners held without charge at the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the mentally retarded on death row, his version of American justice propelled by common sense and moral clarity commanded a majority." - Legal reporter Charlie Savage in an April 10 post announcing the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, in a paragraph that didn't make it into print.


"In cases involving prisoners held without charge at Guantánamo Bay and the mentally retarded on death row, his version of American justice was propelled by common sense and moral clarity, and it commanded a majority." - Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak, January 26.



Not a Single Liberal on the Supreme Court?

"Stevens, one of four moderates on the Court, has held that seat. He is not just the last World War II veteran to serve, but as a product Northwestern University Law School, he succeeded a very iconoclastic justice, William O. Douglas, whose law school days were not spent in Cambridge or New Haven....This court, activist conservative in the extreme, has never met a corporation it has not coddled, nor a prosecution argument that does not have superior merit....They've done lasting damage to the democracy, most recently with a decision that overturned nearly a century of legal thought and found that corporations are people too." - Former Times reporter Timothy Egan in an April 14 post on his nytimes.com blog.



Tea Party Full of Old "White and Male" Reactionaries

"Still, [Rick Shenkman] and others argue that race and age are the biggest factors in shaping the mindset of Tea Party supporters. They tend to be white and male, with a disproportionate number above 45, and above 65. Their memories are of a different time, when the country was less diverse. Conversations with Tea Party supporters often wind their way into nostalgia. Even those out of work aren't mourning the loss of a job so much as what they see as a loss of an era." - Reporter Kate Zernike in the April 18 Week in Review.

You can read the rest of the new Times Watch Quotes of Note here.