Rachel Maddow told Jon Stewart that Antonin Scalia is "a troll."
Rachel Maddow has returned from the Supreme Court hearings to the challenge of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to inform us, via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a troll. While there are a blogosphere's worth of reports and comments from the Section 5 hearing, Maddow provides a first person account that tells us a lot about the biggest head-turner of the Voting Rights Act hearings, which was this line from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.
The "racial entitlement" Scalia is referring to is VOTING! To be fair, not just voting, but the right to not have the votes of a minority block carved up as to be rendered meaningless in elections. That was routine until the Voting Rights Act, and given partisan divisions, and the correlation of party preference and ethnicity (minorities tend to vote Democrat), we can assume that without the Voting Rights Act, and Section 5 in particular, those activities would resume today.
But back to Maddow, she makes the claim that Scalia knows that this is offensive and he likes it. He enjoys getting a rise out of people.
And that would make a lot of sense, because he has a history of doing that. Here's a Scalia quote from a few months ago:
If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?
So, Maddow is right. Scalia is a troll. A troll who I really wish had a different job.