A Supreme fetish

The debate over whether the courts are the final word on the Constitution is more than 200 years old. The debate over whether they’re the sole arbiter of constitutionality is extremely recent and extremely silly.

Too many politicians — in both parties — have abdicated their most solemn duty: to support and defend the US Constitution. George W. Bush signed campaign finance reform even though he thought much of it was unconstitutional. Nancy Pelosi thinks the Constitution has as much relevance as a pet rock. Asked if the health-care bill was constitutional, her eyes grew perceptibly wider as she incredulously asked, “Are you serious?”

The real issue is quite simple. If more politicians were faithful to the Constitution, the government would be restrained. And restraining government is “weird,” “wacky” and “dangerous” to so many liberals today.- Jonah Goldberg