“Get over it. It’s so old by now” said Supreme Court Justice when asked about critics who say the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court to appoint President Bush was based on politics and not justice, despite the facts showing the exact opposite. Scalia will be on 60 minutes this coming Sunday night.
This from the ‘Justice’ who was so anxious to shut the Florida recount down during the 2000 presidential ‘election’ that he pressured his colleagues to do so — the Bush legal team went running back to the Supreme Court asking for a stay to stop the recount (about the point in time when Bush’s lead had withered to 154 votes) — even before the Gore legal team had a chance to respond. The lawsuit was Bush v. Gore (meaning Bush was the petitioner and Gore was the respondent), but according to Scalia, Al Gore was the one who ultimately put the issues in front of the court.
Blatant partisanship dealt a harsh blow to the integrity of the Supreme Court. Justices in the majority contorted the law to reach the result they wanted — no precedent, just convenient law made for one occasion. Though the Supreme Court stepped into the Florida recount twice, four of the Justices thought the court should never have taken the case in the first place.
Justice John Paul Stevens even bemoaned the legal legerdemain in his dissent, noting that the nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law was the real loser — knowing full well what went on behind the scenes and just how politicized and results-oriented the case’s consideration had been.