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Ginsburg: It Could Have Been Worse. Scalia Could Have Lived.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:42 pm

You think I’m exaggerating with that headline? I wish I were. Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg were friends, we were told. I bet Justice Scalia believed it. But this New York Times interview suggests . . . something different:

One of the 4-4 ties, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, averted what would have been a severe blow to public unions had Justice Scalia participated. “This court couldn’t have done better than it did,” Justice Ginsburg said of the deadlock. When the case was argued in January, the majority seemed prepared to overrule a 1977 precedent that allowed public unions to charge nonmembers fees to pay for collective bargaining.

A second deadlock, in United States v. Texas, left in place a nationwide injunction blocking Mr. Obama’s plan to spare more than four million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allow them to work. That was unfortunate, Justice Ginsburg said, but it could have been worse.

“Think what would have happened had Justice Scalia remained with us,” she said. Instead of a single sentence announcing the tie, she suggested, a five-justice majority would have issued a precedent-setting decision dealing a lasting setback to Mr. Obama and the immigrants he had tried to protect.

“Think what would have happened” if my friend had remained alive.

Things could have been worse.

If my friend had remained alive.

Beware befriending a radical leftist. Yes, they might like you. But if it would further their political agenda, they might like you better dead.

One Million Comments

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:30 pm

Sometime recently — I’m not sure when — this blog surpassed one million comments. And over 20,000 posts.

As of today, we have 1,016,344 Comments and 20,114 posts. I’m pretty sure both milestones were passed this calendar year: 2016.

We’ve been going strong since February 17, 2003, when I was just 34 years old. Soon I will turn 48. It’s been a long, fun road.

Thanks for reading.

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