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A Selective Adherence to Tradition

Why is it that when it comes to the judiciary, some traditions matter more than others?

12:00 AM, May 12, 2005 • By HUGH HEWITT
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But when traditions start to fall, they fall very quickly indeed, and in lots of places. "The men who belonged to it did not behave as if they stood under the shadow of impending doom," concluded Erich Gruen in The Last Generation of the Roman Republic. They were unaware of the consequences of their radical innovations until Caesar marched on Rome.

When conservatives spoke up for a radical redefinition of the grounds for impeachment, the shout-down was immediate. Where is that same reverence for tradition with regards to the judicial filibuster?

Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, and author most recently of Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That is Changing Your World. His daily blog can be found at