With all the news this week on the Supreme Court nomination, I keep thinking back to an article from just after Justice Scalia died:
The quote I remembered best was:
“He was a bigoted and arrogant man of overblown intellect who first decided the result he wanted and then came up with a rationale based on his strong political and social views instead of on a neutral legal analysis,” said William H. “Billy” Murphy, a former Baltimore judge and veteran attorney whose most recent clients include the family of Freddie Gray. “Time after time, Justice Scalia voted against the vital interests of working people, labor unions, blacks, women and gays, who largely despised him, and in favor of big corporations, wealthy individuals and Republicans, who almost universally loved him.”
Not kind words for the departed, but this is mostly what it is all about, as far as I can tell. So here comes another nominee closely groomed for years (decades?) To help Big Money do, well, pretty much whatever it wants. All the rest, the “social issues” and pointed questions are a sideshow, a distraction from the only real important question to most Americans, which neither side will ask. Think this isn’t the case? Several articles similar to this one, again from just after Scalia’s death give the game away.