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Scalia’s a huge dick

scaliaGesture.jpgLast night, author and GW professor Jeffrey Rosen was on “The Daily Show” to promote his new book, The Supreme Court - the Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. At one point, Rosen and Jon Stewart discussed my main man, The Scalia, and I thought the discussion was worth sharing. I’d include a clip at the end of this post, but considering Viacom’s stance on YouTube clips these days (remember the cease-and-desist letter from last week, focusing on 100,000-plus clips?), I’m guessing any available clip would be yanked right fast. So here’s an excerpted transcript for you, edited merely for readability:

Stewart: For instance you talk a lot about the Rehnquist court, that there’s the pragmatist, which would’ve been Rehnquist, and the ideologue, which would be Scalia. How do the ideologues survive in that atmosphere of nine people, it has to be collegial? Is Scalia, is he liked at all? Do they think he’s an ass?
Rosen: Yes, they do.
Stewart: Like him?
Rosen: No, “like” would not be the word. Scalia has a knack for alienating even his ideological sympathizers. He railed against Sandra Day O’Conner - he said her opinions can’t be taken seriously. Understandably, she was a little upset. In the courtroom, one study found that he was the funniest justice, but always with a nasty edge. So a lawyer was looking through his papers, and Scalia said, “when you find it, say ‘Bingo.’”
Stewart: I like that…I like that.
Rosen: And he’s also famous, he sits in his chambers, he writes his opinions, looks around and says “what’s a smart guy like me doing in a place like this?” So he’s not—
Stewart: Oh my god, Scalia’s a huge dick. Is that true?
[Much laughter]
Stewart: Here’s something else I heard. We always talk about Scalia is sort of the ideological master and Thomas kind of sidles up. But they say that Thomas’ appearance on the court really was the decisive factor, and that it’s his opinions that Scalia has somewhat glommed onto. That we have it kind of backwards.
Rosen: He did. And Thomas is definitely underrated in the public imagination. As you say, Thomas did bring Scalia around on some questions. But Thomas is more extreme than Scalia. Scalia actually told Thomas’ biographer, “the difference between me and him is he’ll overturn any opinion he thinks is wrong. I, Scalia, wouldn’t do this.”
Stewart: He refers to himself as Scalia?
Rosen: You know, he actually does. He was describing his flag-burning opinion, and he was saying “Scalia allows people to burn flags….” He said, “my wife is a very conservative person, but she said, ‘Scalia, why did you allow people to burn flags?’”
Stewart: I love the fact that he has the similar linguistic potential as, let’s say, a high school athlete who jumped to the NBA. I think that’s exciting.

It’s like that episode of “Seinfeld” when George started referring to himself in the third-person. “George is getting upset!” They even look similar, with the glasses and the balding and the fatness.

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I found out, in my first year of law school at Rutgers that I'm a Scalia girl- to the bone! Which was confusing, seeing as how I'm from Seattle, super-duper liberal and not attracted to George Costanza-likes at all...