A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.
Conservatives and liberals alike have been waiting for this moment for a third of a century.
So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned.
The ""takings"" clause of the Fifth Amendment is for conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals.
In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy.
If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us, began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before the American political system began to take notice.
He's nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice.
A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials.
The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a ""public purpose.""