Rarely has there been a more predictable set of rulings than those announced by the Supreme Court today.
That wisdom haunts the Supreme Court’s pomposity, and it is particularly apropos in today’s cases. Was there ever any doubt about what the Supreme Court would do in the gay marriage cases, particularly in light of the way that public opinion has shifted on this issue.
In his essay on the Court, Dunne pokes fun at the pomposity of the Court and its watchers — including journalists — and says:
“F’r awhile ivrybody watched to see what th’ supreme coort wud do. I knew mesilf I felt I cudden’t make another move in th’ game till I heerd fr’m thim. Buildin’ op’rations was suspinded an’ we sthud wringin’ our hands outside th’ dure waitin’ f’r information fr’m th’ beside.
“‘What they doin’ now?’
“‘They just put th’ argymints iv larned counsel in th’ ice box an’ th’ chief justice is in a corner writin’ a pome. . . .
“An’ so it wint f’r days, an’ weeks an’ months.”
For days and weeks and months, we’ve known what the Court would do. Finley Peter Dunne told us last century.
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