Dred Scott

Is it just me, or did Bush’s remark in Friday’s debate about Dred Scott come out of bizarro world?

In response to a question about whom he would choose to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, Bush referred to the Dred Scott decision, in which, Bush explained,

“Judges years ago said the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights. That’s personal opinion, that’s not what the Constitution says. The Constitution says we’re all…it doesn’t say that. It doesn’t speak to the equality of America.”

Does this make any sense? The only thing I can reasonably assume is that Bush means he would not appoint a Supreme Court justice who approves of slavery. Swell. How enlightened of Bush. I’m glad to know that he draws the line at reinstating slavery.