Sunday, September 04, 2005


Two major stories now dominate the news media: the wrath of Huricane Katrina and the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The two vying for air time exemplify perfectly the conflict of underclass versus overclass in America. There can be little doubt that the incompetence of government officials in responding to the catastrophe was nourished by an overclass contempt for the poor and destitute. And one wonders to what extent a huricane surivor stretched out on a cot in the Astrodome can impact the shape of the balance of the Supreme Court.