Well, well, well, I never thought America had an Ayatollah, a sort of Grand Leader like they have in Iran, who makes the Final Call on all legislation, laws, and the like. Well, we do have one. His name is Mr. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. He's on the U.S. Supreme Court and sometimes votes with the conservative wing but other times with the liberals. For example, the recently issued cases giving the federal courts greater supervisory powers over plea bargaining in criminal cases. Those were both 5-4 decisions.
When it comes to the Obamneycare case [National Health Care legislation, whose constitutionality has been drawn into question on several grounds], which is set for three consecutive days of oral argument starting this Monday, The Ayatollah Anthony M. Kennedy will likely have final say over which parts of the law pass constitutional muster and which don't.
Now it's somewhat inaccurate to call Justice Kennedy an Ayatollah. Justice Antonin "the Angry" Scalia COULD, it is true, vote with the liberals, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg with the conservatives, thereby deposing Justice Kennedy from his perch as Supreme Leader, but how bloody likely is that to happen? The sun will probably go out forever before Scalia becomes The Liberal Justice and Ginsberg The Conservative. So, while the sun shines, Kennedy's our Ayatollah. Not of the JFK variety, but just plain vanilla Anthony M. Kennedy aka Ayatollah Kennedy.
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A Writer with a Strong Constitution