A Fool for the Original Constitution
I confess that Justice Antonin Scalia was one of my heroes. He did not seem a demigod; he was no Washington, Lincoln, or Gandhi. Justice Scalia could be too pugnacious. He could vent against colleagues in ways that seemed counterproductive. But his wit, intellect, brio, and prose — well, these were marvels to behold. For a spell, Professor Jamal Greene was of a similar mind. In a New York Times op-ed written shortly after Justice Scalia’s passing, Greene said that “Antonin Scalia was my hero,” that he had “looked up to [the Justice] for years,” and that the Justice wielded “enormous influence.” The praise reflected rather well on Greene. Unlike some, he perceived the virtues in an intellectual opponent. It took pluck for a liberal to confess, in public, his admiration for Justice Scalia. I suspect that some thought the op-ed was akin to a tribute to Orval Faubus.