What? Do you mean to say that the U.S. Supreme Court justices are human beings, with actual tempers?
I guess so, if the story attached to this post is any indicator.
The two huge rulings this week — affirming the Affordable Care Act and legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states — reportedly has revealed a growing schism between the two wings of the court.
Conservative justices don’t like the liberal tilt the court showed in the two rulings.
And at least one of them, Justice Antonin Scalia, said as much in his dissenting opinions.
Scalia and fellow Justice Samuel Alito appear to be angriest at Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined the liberal justices on both rulings. Kennedy was picked for the court by a conservative president, Ronald Reagan, as was Scalia; Alito was picked by President George W. Bush.
I happen to believe that Scalia and Alito need to settle down. It seems a stretch for me to believe that a high court headed by yet another Bush selection, Chief Justice John Roberts, is going to become a bastion of liberal constitutional interpretation.
OK, so the liberals won two gigantic victories. Obamacare stands and gay marriage is now legal.
There will be plenty of other fights along the way.
What’s more, the fact that Scalia wrote such scathing dissents shouldn’t surprise anyone. He’s known for using colorful language and is fearless in stating his case.
As for the court’s fifth conservative justice, Clarence Thomas, well … he’s always silent during oral arguments before the court. The day Justice Thomas erupts in a fit of rage might be cause for concern.