Thursday, May 28, 2009
Gay Marriage Fight Finds Strange Bedfellows
Ted Olson and David Boies. Yep, same guys. As opponents, they pushed Bush v. Gore to the Supreme Court and gave us eight years of the worst government in our history. Now they're teammates in another epic struggle: Gay Marriage v. The American Right.
This morning's NYTimes story gives the details without using the most obvious reference: "strange bedfellows."
Olson represented Bush in the landmark Supreme Court ruling, on which the Supremes should never have made an appearance and was Bush's Solicitor General, arguing for the government in front of the court often (always on the wrong side and generally winning). Boies fights from the other side (the left, which is right) most of the time, but in this case, both are concerned about individual rights (as the political right used to be). It'll be interesting to watch them go forward.