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November 23, 2005

Franken v. Scalia decided strongly for Scalia

Al Franken tangled with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, and came out looking like the lightweight he is:
...When [Norm] Pearlstine opened the floor for Q&A, Franken stood up in the back row and started talking about "judicial demeanor" and asking "hypothetically" about whether a judge should recuse himself if he had gone duck-hunting or flown in a private jet with a party in a case before his court.

Franken was clumsily referring to the fact that Scalia had gone hunting and flying with Dick Cheney before the 2000 election.

First, Scalia lectured Franken, "Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics." Then he explained, "Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship."

Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons later told PAGE SIX: "Al was not quite ready for prime time." Franken was a "Not Ready for Prime Time Player" on "Saturday Night Live" long before he began hosting a radio show on Air America.
However, the DUmmies chime in here. On the other hand, this links to this PDF with Scalia's earlier comments on the Cheney matter.

UPDATE: The idiots at the HuffPost weigh in. Scalia is a "bully and a fascist" who looks like a "Mafia boss... [b]ut in a bathing suit", etc. etc.

Posted in StuartSmalley at November 23, 2005 01:38 PM


Franken is a pea brained two bit comic, nothing more. Scalia ripped him a new one.

Posted by: Randi Sucks at November 23, 2005 03:25 PM

If Scalia did so great, then explain his extreme error on abortion's legal status.

Scalia claimed that abortion wasn't legal until Roe V. Wade.

In point of fact, the first laws against abortion weren't passed until the mid 19th century.

Ignore the fact that this is about a controversial issue. This extremely stupid error, along with his extreme boorishness, shows that Scalia is a terrible Supreme Court justice.

Posted by: Jaxebad at November 29, 2005 10:07 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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