Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Scalia in Bizarro world

Many have wondered why the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore was so troubling. Maybe it's because some of its members can't be bothered to get the simplest of facts straight:

November 22, 2005 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the high court did not inject itself into the 2000 presidential election.

Speaking at the Time Warner Center last night, Scalia said: "The election was dragged into the courts by the Gore people. We did not go looking for trouble."

Uh, Justice Scalia? Bush filed the suit to block the recounts on Nov. 11, 2000, not Gore. Just read here Jeffey Toobin in the indispensible "Too Close to Call" to get a sense of how principled Republicans like John Danforth resisted the idea to use a lawsuit to win the presidency. [Via TPM]

Never let the facts get in the way of a great story.

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