Antonin Scalia Falls Flat on Facts and Substance
March 12, 2012 7 Comments
ThinkProgress posted an article Saturday about a speech given last week at Wesleyan University by ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. They focused on Scalia’s lack of knowledge when it comes to the landmark Bush v. Gore decision, in which the conservative Court handed the presidential election to George Bush the Junior, quite literally deciding that the votes didn’t matter.
According to the Middletown Press, Scalia told his audience
It was a long time ago, people forget…It was a 7-2 decision. It wasn’t even close.
That is, of course, not true. Only the five most conservative Republican-appointed judges voted in favor of handing the election to Bush: William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Clarence Thomas.
Okay, so Scalia slips when it comes to intellect. How about when it comes to ethics?
“Get over it,” Scalia said of the controversy surrounding it, to laughter from the audience.
That’s right, Mr. Constitutional Originalist wants us to “get over” the decision made a little over a decade ago in which his court handed the election to their buddy. It’s not that he has a different opinion and disagrees. No, Antonin Scalia quite explicitly states that he does not care about the issue of proper elections and that we shouldn’t, either. To put it mildly, this may has power that he does not deserve.
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