Judge Calabresi Raises an Interesting Point about the Bush Presidency

by on June 25th, 2004

In a speech to the American Constitution Society Conference this past Saturday, Guido Calabresi, a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, made an interesting point about the 2000 election.

Calabresi suggests that because Bush was put into power by the Supreme Court, he should not be re-elected, regardless of politics:

(Bush) came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power. That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power. The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy. The king of Italy had the right to put Mussolini in, though he had not won an election, and make him prime minister. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in.

Calabresi added that the public should expel Bush in order to cleanse the democratic system. “That’s got nothing to do with the politics of it. It’s got to do with the structural reassertion of democracy.

See the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s article – Judge sorry for likening Bush, Hitler.

Rand Fishkin