About a year ago, I made up a niece or granddaughter for Justice Anthony Kennedy. Lately I've been calling her Zelda. She has a few piercings, a little ink. She was active on her college campus. And I have been telling myself that there are some things Kennedy just won't do, because he knows he has to face Zelda at holiday gatherings and major birthdays. He can't totally blow off global warming, for example. So Zelda, who does not exist, would be the most powerful person in America if she did.
And I would say, today, on desegregation, that Zelda did not entirely let us down. Unlike the four Horseman of the Apocalyptic Right, Kennedy was not going to use Brown to overturn Brown, not if he had to face Zelda later.