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Scalia Accepts Invite of Tea Party Leader, Criticized for ‘Exceedingly Poor Judgment’
ABA Journal ^ | 1/12/11 | Debra Cassens Weiss

Posted on 01/12/2011 10:56:37 AM PST by markomalley

Justice Antonin Scalia has accepted a speaking invitation from a Tea Party leader, drawing fire from some law professors and a liberal group.

Scalia will speak to incoming House members about the Constitution at the behest of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who founded the House’s Tea Party Caucus, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Jan. 24 topic will be separation of powers.

The meeting was described as bipartisan and open to all members of Congress. But several law professors who spoke to the newspaper criticized Scalia, saying the meeting appeared to politicize the court.

One of the critics was George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. He told the Times that Scalia is showing "exceedingly poor judgment." Nan Aron, the president of the liberal Alliance for Justice, also criticized Scalia in a news release. “Justice Scalia should protect the integrity of the court and cancel his appearance at this blatantly partisan, right-wing event,” she said.

M. Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former clerk to Scalia, supported his mentor. "My guess is that, schedule permitting, Scalia would be happy to speak on the same topic to any similar group of members of Congress who invited him,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 112th; bachmann; congress; constitution; freedom; house; liberty; scalia; teaparty; teapartycaucus
Good for Michele for inviting him.
1 posted on 01/12/2011 10:56:39 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Good for Scalia for accepting!


2 posted on 01/12/2011 10:58:31 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: markomalley

SCREW THE LIBERALS AND WHAT THEY FEEL.


3 posted on 01/12/2011 10:58:31 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: markomalley

To make up for this he simply has to accept an invitation from a liberal group to talk about the constitution. Then everything is even. And yes I am being sarcastic.


4 posted on 01/12/2011 10:59:46 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: markomalley

Yes, Michelle done good. Now, about those pukes who are criticizing them, don’t they know that if he spoke before the ABA that would in itself constitute the sort of impermissible crossing of the line between church and state that needlessly excites so many of their kind.


5 posted on 01/12/2011 10:59:55 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

They should hold a debate between him and zero.


6 posted on 01/12/2011 11:00:05 AM PST by epithermal
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To: markomalley
A Supreme Court Justice is 'for-life'. Justice Scalia should enjoy the visit and exhibit the same questionable awe at the condemning remarks the same way that Nancy Pelosi responded to the question "What part of the Constitution gives you the authority to....." ....which was "Are you serious?".

Responding to these people and organizations with logic, saneness and reason don't seem to work. How about let's just try ignoring their trifling asses?

7 posted on 01/12/2011 11:01:02 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

This stuff is such fark. I’d rather read heartwarming pet stories.


8 posted on 01/12/2011 11:01:42 AM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: markomalley

So the Tea Party leader is ACTUALLY A SITTING MEMBER OF CONGRESS who is acting in her capacity as such. Frickin’ media.


9 posted on 01/12/2011 11:02:19 AM PST by mancini
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To: markomalley
Of course, ALL the Liberal/Socialist law "experts" come out of the woodwork to criticize the Conservative. When "Ruth Buzzie" Ginsberg shows up at a NOW event, or a "Planned Parnethood" event; that's no big deal to them. And when one of their own says "a Wise Latina", she's cannonzied for it by them.

If Scalia would point out what the parasitic population of the inner city has misunderstood as a "Right" to handouts, he would be crucified by the State Run Media and the Left.

The Democrats have been successful at one thing; they've controlled the dialogue (implementing such things as "hate speech" and "political correctness", to shut up the opposition) as they ripped apart the U.S. Constitution, and we are reaping the "benefits" in every inner-city and at our southern border EVERY DAY.

10 posted on 01/12/2011 11:02:53 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

———Good for Scalia for accepting!——

And the timing is great.....just in time to catch the Messiah’s wrath in the State Of The Union

Can’t we all just get along? Tug, tug on the presidential chain


11 posted on 01/12/2011 11:03:52 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: RadiationRomeo
To make up for this he simply has to accept an invitation from a liberal group to talk about the constitution. Then everything is even. And yes I am being sarcastic.

Why be sarcastic? I think it would be an excellent idea for Scalia to speak to a liberal group of congress critters. Maybe they would learn something...nah...what was I thinking!

Still think it's a good idea, even if they are beyond learning anything.

12 posted on 01/12/2011 11:04:43 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: markomalley

The Liberals are turning inside out as the Constitution is getting too much attention these days in their opinion.

They have tried to bury the Constitution, thus bury this Nation under as much Leftist excrement as they could muster.

The Constitution is to Liberals as the cross is to the Vampire.


13 posted on 01/12/2011 11:04:58 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

SCREW THE LIBERALS AND WHAT THEY FEEL.

Exactly, their cr@p is getting old! Liberals and muslims - both always pissed off and screaming about something.


14 posted on 01/12/2011 11:05:35 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: markomalley

Oh no! A conservative invited to talk about the Constitution. What’s next, a liberal invited to talk about Rules for Radicals?


15 posted on 01/12/2011 11:06:37 AM PST by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: markomalley
The meeting was described as bipartisan and open to all members of Congress.

I wonder what Jonathan Turley doesn't understand about that, all members of Congress would benefit from a Justice talking about our Constitution.

16 posted on 01/12/2011 11:07:05 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: markomalley

Will there be criticism of Justice Kennedy accompanying the zero to Arizona today?


17 posted on 01/12/2011 11:07:49 AM PST by Carley (THE MEDIA UNDERSTANDS CREDENTIALS BUT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND PRINCIPLES)
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To: markomalley

What is up with liberals?

Perish the thought a Supreme Court justice actually have a discussion of the US Constitution with members of congress or the American people.

All these liberals didn’t cry about the “wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor, when she made political comments that she was better than a white man in front of La Raza, a Mexican fascist group at Berkekey, as a sitting judge.


18 posted on 01/12/2011 11:09:59 AM PST by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: markomalley

America has gone from a nation which at one time focused honor upon individuals or groups for their work or creative or inventive achievements; to focusing attention upon a class of whining miscreants whose only claim is to have become offended first. It’s like a race to see who soils their drawers first and then we are expected to be really, really interested in the precise nature of the contents of their soiled underwear. This isn’t enlightenment...it’s the jackassization of self-proclaimed eggheaded intellectuals.


19 posted on 01/12/2011 11:12:36 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: markomalley
Listen to these idiots! The Tea Party is all about supporting the Constitution and holding elected officials accountable when they do not. Never mind that these pointy headed dimwits ignore the fact that each and every member of Congress takes a oath to support and defend the Constitution.

Supreme Court Justices get invited all the time to speak before groups. I can't think of a better group for Scalia to give a speech than the Tea Party, and afterwards I can't wait to hear the baseless complaints of these left-wing insignificant whiners.

20 posted on 01/12/2011 11:12:41 AM PST by demkicker (Helping Democrats Become Extinct - Politically Not Literally!)
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To: markomalley
drawing fire from some law professors and a liberal group.

Sounds like good judgment to me, if he's accomplished that.

21 posted on 01/12/2011 11:18:42 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: markomalley

The left wanted him to sit down for bong hits with Loughner.


22 posted on 01/12/2011 11:19:14 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: markomalley

I love when the left worries that the court might be “politicized”. As if their opposition to conservative nominees is not politcal.


23 posted on 01/12/2011 11:19:48 AM PST by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Law Professor Jonathan Turkey, NOT a free speech advocate IMHO. What a gobbler!

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24 posted on 01/12/2011 11:20:29 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com2009/05/brack_obama_the _quintessentia_1.html)
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To: markomalley

Who cares?

If he was going to talk to liberals they would be praising him


25 posted on 01/12/2011 11:21:53 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: markomalley

Good idea.


26 posted on 01/12/2011 11:25:08 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: markomalley

George Washington University had better take a closer look at his ability to teach, if he is going to make a silly comment like this.


27 posted on 01/12/2011 11:25:31 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: markomalley

The lawyers are genuinely afraid of the TEA party. This is good.


28 posted on 01/12/2011 11:27:59 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: markomalley

“...appeared to politicize the court.”

More like constitutionalize the politics. Mustn’t have that now.


29 posted on 01/12/2011 11:35:48 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: markomalley

Whereas, had he accepted an invitation from the CPUSA, the NLG, the SPLC or the ABA, ATLA, or any other radical extremist far-left neo communist organization, he’d be applauded for his open-mindedness and moderate judicial temperament.


30 posted on 01/12/2011 11:38:15 AM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: Bitsy

Yep....they have no common sense and logic in their thinking...all PC cr*p built on “feelings” and never intellect. They hate logical people like Scalia—hate him because he makes so much sense people can “feel” the Truth and might wake up from their communist fog, if they listen to him.


31 posted on 01/12/2011 11:41:33 AM PST by savagesusie
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To: traditional1

Yes, it looks like I will have to find a list of all the political events in which the liberal judges and have it ready to post with my comment pointing out the hypocrisy of my friend if they did not complain when their beloved judges did the same.
Do you have a list? ;-)


32 posted on 01/12/2011 11:48:02 AM PST by texteacher
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To: markomalley

OMGoodness! This man’s complaint is so off base, I cannot believe it. I read the headline and carelessly scanned the article...I assumed it was a Tea Party group...it is Congress that Scalia will be talking to ...not a Tea Party group in small town America.
The opposition has really become unhinged.


33 posted on 01/12/2011 11:52:58 AM PST by texteacher
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

I SECOND YOUR SENTIMENTS. ENOUGH WITH THE WISHY WASHY PC.


34 posted on 01/12/2011 11:57:11 AM PST by rep-always
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To: markomalley

Now, if only I could address the brilliant Scalia on his “opinion” of abortion and his “reasoned and logical” thinking on the idea that the majority in a state can vote and decide something even if it goes against the Founding principles of Natural Law Theory and inalienable rights that were pre-existing prior to the establishing of the Declaration and Constitution.

Natural Law Theory is the basis of all our laws and it presupposed a Higher Power that can never be discarded in our judicial system if we remain the U.S.A. To discard inalienable rights for a class of persons is not possible with any majority vote under our Constitution.

Also his “reasoned” opinion on Homosexual marriage. Does he truly ignore, as an Originalist, the intent of the Founders and the fundamental issue of Natural Rights for every child to have a biological mother and father—that ability to pursue happiness in a most fundamental way? Natural Law Theory as he understands it in some areas, is becoming extremely twisted in the Marixst sense.

Just eliminate part of the fundamental basis and intent of the Founders—that right to life for all human beings can be decided by a legislature, a majority vote? Does that mean if the majority voted for slavery, then it becomes law? Or are just “some” rights inalienable?

I do love Scalia—Thomas Clarence more—but I do have some issues with some of his “logic”.


35 posted on 01/12/2011 11:57:22 AM PST by savagesusie
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To: markomalley

So now the Tea Party is beyond the Pale? That’s exactly what the Democrats want.


36 posted on 01/12/2011 11:58:05 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats are silly people - but silly people can be dangerous)
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To: markomalley

I’ve been a member of the bar for ages. Scalia should go, and I don’t care what liberal law professors think. I didn’t care what they thought when I was in school.


37 posted on 01/12/2011 11:59:58 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats are silly people - but silly people can be dangerous)
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To: markomalley

This article and the criticisms say more about the ABA than they do about Scalia or Bachmann. She’s not a “Tea Party Leader”. I don’t think there even is a leader of this grassroots movement. She’s a member of Congress. In the ABA’s mind, which members of Congress may invite USSC justices to speak?


38 posted on 01/12/2011 12:14:32 PM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: texteacher

I don’t have a list of where the Liberal USSC Justices went, but I know Ginsburg (the former ACLU lawyer) has spoken at liberal enclaves.


39 posted on 01/12/2011 2:55:23 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Tax-chick

Sorry, all we’ve got today are “Evil cowardly cop shoots family dog” stories. :(


40 posted on 01/12/2011 2:59:03 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: markomalley; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

I remember hearing about this a few months ago on one of the talk radio programs, can’t remember which one. If I recall it correctly, Michele was starting a class on the Constitution for any members of Congress who cared to attend. The class wasn’t specifically for the Tea Party Caucus, or even just for the incoming freshmen, but all Congressmen. She had invited both Scalia and Clarence Thomas, among others, as speakers. I’m pretty sure I heard that both Scalia and Thomas had accepted her invitation.

But, doncha know, it’s only Republicans who have this sick fetish for the Constitution.


41 posted on 01/12/2011 3:10:23 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Politicalmom

Oh, that’s too bad. I suppose that could happen to Ash: if a police officer turned up at our house, she would rush out to try to get in his car.


42 posted on 01/12/2011 3:10:25 PM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: markomalley

I would LOVE to attend that lecture.

I almost wish this would be live streamed but it may be more important the newbies have a free hand to ask any question they want.


43 posted on 01/12/2011 3:28:47 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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