Okay, it's official
Clarence Thomas is now officially my favorite Supreme Court justice. Mock me if you want, but the man has shown a marked unwillingness to set aside the principles of federalism and states' rights just because they happen to conflict with the wishes of a president or a policy that he obviously supports. Today's unfortunate decision permitting federal prosecution of medicinal marijuana users is the latest case in point. O'Connor and Rehnquist joined Thomas in dissenting, and good for them, but I see this vote as more in keeping with Thomas's track record than with the other two.
Meanwhile, the decision is yet another disappointment for libertarians and limited-government conservatives, wherever such may still be found. And we can't even blame Bush for this one, since he has yet to make a SCOTUS appointment.