Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:41 AM
octoberlib (2,944 posts)
Scalia, Top Democratic Plant?
By Josh Marshall
Speaking for myself, it’s hard for me to read the sort of stuff Justice Scalia says these days without seeing red. As he’s aged, he’s tossed aside any pretense or desire to hide the fact that he sees himself as what originalists and advocates of judicial restraint are supposed to be against: namely, an appointed super legislator, contemptuous of Congress and happy to impose his own beliefs by judicial fiat. Hearing him rail about “racial entitlement” sounds more like you’re listening to some sort of talk radio blowhard than a Supreme Court Justice.
It’s now generally recognized (and I think it’s accurate, but who knows) that the Republican drive to disenfranchise minority voters in 2012 backfired spectacularly. The country’s demography has apparently hit a tipping point wherein you piss off and activate more people than you gain by playing to racial animus, hostility to immigrants and attacks on voting rights.
Yet the Supreme Court is still stuck in the 80s and 90s era of the judicial politics of racial grievance and division. The Court now seems dead set on overturning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. After that we’ll have cases on marriage equality, voter ID, affirmative action. The judicial calendar is stuck in a feedback loop.
I don’t want to underestimate the real world damage that will be done by bad outcomes of these cases. It’s real. But the political valence of all these cases, the politics they generate, seems certain to keep the public mind focused on the politics of exclusion they embody and the political coalition that put them on the bench. And that’s real too.
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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:22 AM
Summer Hathaway (2,770 posts)
2. Ain't THAT the truth?
"Hearing him rail about “racial entitlement” sounds more like you’re listening to some sort of talk radio blowhard than a Supreme Court Justice."
I never think of Scalia without picturing that photo of him from a few years back, flipping the bird to someone as he stood on the steps of his church, having just attended mass.
Not only does he sound like a talk radio blowhard - he acts like one. His lack of respect for the high position he holds is a disgrace to the Supreme Court, and the country he is meant to serve.
There is more Limbaugh in the man than there is honest jurist. And given his position, that is a damned disgrace.