Cheney lukewarm on vigilantism
That's a nice lifetime appointment you got there, Your Honor. It'd be a real shame if anything were to happen to it...
Vice President Cheney says he opposes revenge against judges for their refusal to prolong the life of the late Terri Schiavo, although he did not criticize House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for declaring that they will “answer for their behavior.”
Cheney was asked about the issue on Friday by the editorial board of the New York Post. He said twice that he had not seen DeLay’s remarks, but the vice president said he would “have problems” with the idea of retribution against the courts. “I don’t think that’s appropriate,” he said. “I may disagree with decisions made by judges in any one particular case. But I don’t think there would be much support for the proposition that because a judge hands down a decision we don’t like, that somehow we ought to go out—there’s a reason why judges get lifetime appointments.” WaPo [Emphasis added.]
Arthur Silber writes:
I suggest that, for your own peace of mind, you not ponder for too long exactly what it means that we’ve arrived at the point where the Vice President finds it necessary to say that “he opposes revenge against judges” for their judicial decisions.