From page 103 of Jeff Toobin’s book “The Nine”:
At an appearance at a New York synagogue in 2005, Scalia was asked to compare his own judicial philosophy with that of Thomas. “I am an originalist,” Scalia said, “but I am not a nut.”
The implication here is that Scalia asserted, seriously, that Thomas is a “nut” when it comes to his jurisprudence.
I’m not buying it. Not for a second.
I strongly suspect that in the coming days or weeks, we will learn that this is a misquotation — or at the very least, that critical context is missing.
When the proof comes, I’ll remind you that you heard it here first.
UPDATE: Via ItsMe, this post has a pretty good explanation of what probably happened. It’s not conclusive, but it makes a lot more sense than Toobin’s implication.