Thursday, April 13, 2006

Scalia to Constitution: Vaffanculo

I'm really beginning to wonder if Scalia is beginning to manifest some sort of serious, organic cognitive problem. There was the episode -- in church -- when he flipped off a reporter.

And now there is this:
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says refusing to recuse himself in a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney is the "proudest thing" he's done on the court. Critics questioned Scalia's impartiality in the 2004 case upholding Cheney's request to keep the details of secret White House strategy sessions private — after Scalia took a hunting trip with the vice president just weeks after the court agreed to hear the case.But Scalia tells law students at the University of Connecticut that he's proud he didn't allow himself to be chased off the case, saying, "For Pete's sake, if you can't trust your Supreme Court justice more than that, get a life."
This is an amazingly concentrated dose of pathology, even for Scalia. First, for a guy reputed to be very bright and a legal scholar, his sentence construction is surprisingly childlike and ignorant. "Proudest thing" is just plain wrong -- the thing isn't proud, Nino; you might be proud of it, but I assure you, it ain't proud of you, and couldn't be even if what you did was something to be proud of. Dubya's syntax is so utterly bolluxed 24/7 that I would never bother to correct him this way, but Justice Scalia normally meets a higher standard.

But that's not the worst of it. Think about how Earl Warren might have answered the question -- would his proudest moment be ending legal segregation in Brown v. Board of Ed? Establishing the right of an indigent criminal defendent to a public defender? Now as a sworn enemy of all things progressive, Scalia would not be expected to have that brand of nostalgia. But he has been party to many conservative milestones -- do none of them rate higher than covering the Dick's butt? There is something pathetic and alarmingly regressive in placing the protection of your playground pal above the big picture stuff.

And finally, the idea that we are supposed to trust our high government officals to police themselves is so absurdly at odds with the express intent of the guys who designed and built our system that a so-called strict constructionist like Scalia should be incapable of even uttering the words.

Scalia is now 70 years old. So I have to ask: is he beginning to lose it?

Perhaps Dr. Bloor, if he still haunts these parts, could favor us with a more professional diagnosis.


Blogger Tom said...

Scalia also bases his intention to continue his support for the Constitutional acceptability of warrantless arrests, secret laws, secret trials, and torture, on the fact that his son is in the Army and "they are trying to kill my son".

This is so far from being either conservative or or liberal that it is hard to think of it as anything more than schoolyard bravado.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Oh, of course I still haunt these parts. My parts haunt a wide range of places. No, wait...

Anyways, I must say that my first association when hearing that Fat Tony flipped the bird was to Allan Zarkin, the infamous nyc obgyn who carved his initials into a woman's stomach after delivering her baby a few years back. Turned out that he had Pick's Disease, a frontal lobe disorder that results in wildly impaired judgment and bizarre behavior, like carving your initials in a patient's stomach. Or flipping off a reporter in a church. There are a number of other potential disorders to choose from. Be interesting to stuff him into an MRI machine and see what's going on up top.

But I think Tom has hit on the most compelling alternative in the differential, which is that Nino's got a big-ass case of narcissism goin' on. It's been clear for some time that the only reason the man shows up for oral arguments at all is to see how many laffs he can get out of the gallery. Not dignified? Bad press? No problem. Just spell his name right.

7:03 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Dr, Bloor,

Are you saying full blown NPD, or just normal narcissism?

7:38 PM  
Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

I couldn't guess off the top of my head whether or not he'd fully meet DSM-IV criteria for NPD, but one could argue there's little about Nino that one could characterize as being "normal," including his narcissism.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read on another blog that Scalia has manic depression. Dr. Bloor, please comment. Does this manic depression psychiatric disorder 'fit' Nino's erratic behavior?

5:20 AM  
Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Well, I would say that it doesn't "not fit" Bipolar Disorder. Lousy judgment and a less-than-winning interpersonal manner are seen in a long list of disorders, though, and unlike some (coughFristcough) I'm not interested in diagnosing by public bits and pieces of data. There's obviously more that's not known than is known to the public about whatever might be going on--I'd be interested in knowing whether the Bipolar call was speculative or based on some insider info.

At any rate, oral arguments could become a whole lot more interesting in the future if Nino starts channeling William Shatner's character from "Boston Legal."

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'ld hope for a brain artery blowout but then chimpy would get to name someone even WORSE. W as in WORST EVER!

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