Tweets for SCOTUSnomThe White House has created a new Twitter handle, he said — @SCOTUSnom — and he urged people to follow it for “all the facts and up-to-date information.”
More stupid SCOTUS self-loathingone striking commonality in most of the dissents Friday is that weird vein of professional judicial self-loathing the dissenters choose to mine when they really want to go for the jugular. Whether it’s the chief justice’s jarring “Just who do we think we are?” to Scalia’s odd discursion on the lack of evangelical justices or real Westerners on the Supreme Court. (“Take, for example, this Court, which consists of only nine men and women, all of them successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School. Four of the nine are natives of New York City. Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States. Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between. Not a single South-westerner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner [California does not count]. Not a single evangelical Christian [a group that composes about one-quarter of Americans], or even a Protestant of any denomination.”) Scalia is just dripping with contempt for this “select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine.” He takes a whack at his colleagues—and, I guess, himself—for separate and concurring opinions loaded with “silly extravagances.” He invites his readers to feel as impotent in the face of this judicial tyranny as he feels.
The Craziest Lines in Every Dissenting Gay Marriage OpinionNot surprisingly then, the Federal Judiciary is hardly a cross-section of America. Take, for example, this Court, which consists of only nine men and women, all of them successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School. Four of the nine are natives of New York City. Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States. Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between. Not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count). Not a single evangelical Christian (a group that comprises about one quarter of Americans), or even a Protestant of any denomination.
Scalia Is a Twitter Eggthese dissents aren’t even interesting as political commentary except maybe to the sort of cable news watcher who demands to see a cavalcade of dopes shouting the same warmed over talking points at him 24 hours a day. The only notable difference is that over the last few decades, the quality of his prose has descended from Ann Coulter to r/politics. Care about gay rights? Get out of the ivory tower and think about our precious children! Worried about executing the mentally disabled? Step off with the judicial activism. Immigration reform? Thanks Obama.
To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse. To most people, the decision looks stupid ’cause corporations are not persons[…] misogynist because the majority were all men[…] partisan because all were appointed by a Republican[…] religiously motivated because each member of the majority belongs to the Catholic church, and that religious organization is opposed to contraception. While “looks” don’t matter to the logic of the law […] all of us know from experience that appearances matter to the public’s acceptance of the law.