Stephen Colbert, humorist extraordinaire, reminds us that the art of laughing at oneself is one that we should all value, it is also something that can be found in some pretty unexpected places, even in conservative Supreme Court justices.
Antonin Scalia was NO hero, he has often ruled on the side of corporations and done many very despicable things from the bench. However, according to Stephan Colbert, there was something about his personality that could be engaging in a way that it even began to soften the razor-witted (mostly liberal) comedian.
One thing you gotta admit is that he has a great sense of humor.
Perhaps this is also part of what Ruth Bader Ginsberg, also a Supreme Court justice, saw in him too. Ginsberg, a tireless advocate for equality and brilliant judge whose scathing dissents often were in opposition to Scalia’s frequently questionable rulings professes to have had a deep friendship with him. His death left many questions about the cases currently pending, and even past rulings.
Remember Thumper’s mother’s advice from the movie Bambi, “if you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say anything at all.” Well, here we often say “nothing nice,” but that is our job; we make voters aware of what they need to know, and that is often the seamier side of the political landscape. When one has the opportunity to actually say something nice, even about someone like Scalia, it just kinda feels good.
Watch Colbert share one nice thing about Justice Scalia, here:
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