Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Yes, and you've got to be kidding: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives a speech in Louisiana and two things about the report are notable.
First, an illustration of what New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and his ilk have done to the judicial nomination process.
He decried what he said he thinks is a politicizing of the judiciary.
"Eighteen years ago I was confirmed 98-0," Scalia said. "I was considered a good lawyer and an honest man. Those qualities carried the day. No more. Now it's impossible to get Miguel Estrada confirmed to the court of appeals," he said, referring to the recent defeat of a conservative Bush nominee, strongly opposed by liberals in the Senate, who withdrew. [emphasis added]
Today Scalia would likely be filibustered. Also note the italics that I added in the transitional paragraph. The AP writer's use of "he thinks" clearly indicates that the writer doesn't concur with that assesment. That's editorializing in a news story -- unfortunate.
The second thing is a bit more editorializing in the form of scare quotes.
Scalia also criticized court rulings that legalize abortion and what he called "homosexual sodomy."
If Lawrence v. Texas didn't legalize homosexual sodomy then what was it all about? What else would you call that in polite company?
Yeah, that liberal media.