I got a message last week that said: “Antonin Scalia is now following you on Twitter!” Despite our many years of interaction, I suspected this Scalia wasn’t the real one. I know he has an iPad and is pretty digital for a 75-year-old who works in the cloister of the Marble Palace. But he’s no Justice Stephen Breyer, who has a Twitter account –although Breyer does call it the “tweeter thing”.
When I drive directly from my northwest Washington, D.C., home to the Supreme Court, without stopping at the office, I take North Capitol Street south toward the Hill. And when I’m just about a half mile from my turn off of North Capitol, I hit the spot where I first heard on the radio that fateful Saturday, December 9, that the Court had halted the Florida recounts in the presidential election of 2000.
It is a rare book signing or media appearance related to American Original that does not bring a question about the Court’s 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore. Yesterday when I was on the Diane Rehm Show, based in Washington, D.C., and broadcast on NPR, a woman named Janice from Renton, Washington, called in to say, “I resent Justice Scalia saying ‘Get over it,’ when we’re really talking about a coup d’etat by the judiciary.” She was referring, of course, to the 5-4 decision stopping the Florida recounts in the presidential election and ensuring George W. Bush’s victory over Al Gore. Half the country still seems angered by the decision handed down nine years ago this month.
From Miami to Milwaukee, one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve fielded in recent weeks relates to how Scalia’s Catholicism influences his rulings. This is a touchy area but clearly one that fascinates people. The question is increasingly asked, too, because there are now six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court. Along with Scalia, they are Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.