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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

O Lord! Giveth to us a Break!

Without comment, from Yeas & Nays:
According to Jeffrey Toobin’s new book on the Supreme Court, Justice David Souter nearly resigned in the wake of Bush v. Gore, so distraught was he over the decision that effectively ended the Florida recount and installed George W. Bush as president.

In “The Nine,” which goes on sale Sept. 18, Toobin writes that while the other justices tried to put the case behind them, “David Souter alone was shattered,” at times weeping when he thought of the case. “For many months, it was not at all clear whether he would remain as a justice,” Toobin continues. “That the Court met in a city he loathed made the decision even harder. At the urging of a handful of close friends, he decided to stay on, but his attitude toward the Court was never the same.”

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Comments on "O Lord! Giveth to us a Break!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:29 PM) : 

Question of the Day: Who can imagine Chief Justice Roberts, or Justices Alito, Scalia, or Thomas "weeping" over the outcome of a case.

For that matter, can one imagine Justice Ginsburg doing so?

I didn't think so.


Anonymous Vestryman said ... (9:11 AM) : 

"Giveth" is third-person singular, as in "he giveth." If you intend to address the Lord (second person), it perhaps it could be "Givest thou to us a break."

However, that's strained because "givest" is declarative. You want imperative, a command or request. But apparently the second-person imperative is simply "give," as in "Give us this day our daily bread." So I think your caption should actually be "Give to us a break."


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