Those Mellow Fellows on the Bench: Supreme watchers are speculating that Rhenquist is trying to soften his image as he gets ready to take off the robe (*shudder*) and retire. In an attempt to avoid vilification after he leaves by that liberal media, he's throwing out bones to womens' groups, among others, in this opinion (sure Thomas wrote it, but we know who wrote it). He did the same in this opinion. What's next? Gay rights?