Slug: but-really-ew Date: 2006-12-08 Title: But really. Ew. layout: post

Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Breyer participated in a debate sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. On, Dahlia Lithwick descibes their diverging styles:

And if this debate mirrors a marketplace of ideas, Breyer will make the sale through the earnest personal connection of a Wal-Mart greeter, while Scalia opts for the aloof certainty of the Tiffany’s salesman: “Sure, you can buy some other, cheaper constitutional theory, but really. Ew.”

The closer is great as well:

Stephen Breyer’s jurisprudential Grover &emdash; sweet and optimistic and eager-to-please &emdash;is working the room, confident he’ll sell us on his constitutional theory, one lawyer at a time. And Antonin Scalia’s constitutional Oscar the Grouch &emdash; frustrated and misunderstood, yet somehow more lovable for it &emdash; doesn’t even try to close the deal. He doesn’t need us to vindicate him. He’s confident history will do that.