Monday, August 01, 2005


I was a bit puzzled by this:

There is a disturbing quality to all the recent chatter from talking heads, both conservative and liberal, urging Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to retire from the Supreme Court.

Diagnosed with thyroid cancer and hospitalized recently with a fever, Rehnquist has undergone nearly a yearlong odyssey of fighting the disease. He's had a tracheotomy. He's undergone chemotherapy.

The media and political pundits continue to treat him as a barely functioning member of society and sound his death knell, citing survival statistics that are too often misleading.

No examples of any of these are given, but does anyone remember any pundit "urging" Rehnquist to retire? I imagine survival statistics for cancer were given, but has anyone really treated "him as a barely functioning member of society?"