Ideology aside, it's going to be difficult to run the court any better than he did. We will look back on the Rehnquist court as one of the smoothest in the court's history.

Because the issues debated at the convention were very contentious and very divisive, it's easy to imagine that people of lesser stature could have foundered, that the whole enterprise might have died.

They are willing to test the boundaries of present U.S. Supreme Court doctrine.

They are not often reversed. I think that's partly because the 4th Circuit is relatively conservative as the Supreme Court is coming to be.

I think the document has to be read from a commonsense perspective. The constitution is not a suicide pact. In a sense, that has to be the answer.

It can't be that simple. Rarely is constitutional language that open and shut.

Each ruling may be correct. But it seems to me that the cumulative effect of these decisions makes it increasingly difficult for the president to operate in a separation of powers context.

We're talking about a constitution that is in its third century. That's really quite remarkable among any of the nations of the world. It suggests an essential stability of our political system that many may envy but not many can emulate.