Gerald Russello

Gerald J. Russello is author of The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk (University of Missouri Press.)

Partisan Shot

With a title like The Partisan, we should know what to expect.  John Jenkins’s biography on the late Chief Justice loses no chance to paint him in the worst possible light.  Rehnquist is a nihilist, dogmatic, cold, distant, a racist, not a hard worker, and dangerously bound to a desiccated judicial philosophy, unless its results would contradict his desired policy objectives, in which case any legal theory will do. This gives the flavor, taken almost at random:  “Rehnquist’s judicial philosophy was nihilistic to its core, disrespectful of precedent and dismissive of social, economic, and political institutions that did not comport with…

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