Friday, March 1, 2013

Rachel Maddow: Antonin Scalia is a 'weird troll'

From AKSARBENT's seat-of-the-pants partial transcription:

Rachel Maddow: 10 months of debate, 21 hearings, 15,000 pages of evidence, and in the senate they voted 98 to nothing, "yeah, we still need that."
     He[Scalia] said, "Yeah, but that vote, really, what does that vote mean?" ...It's a "racial entitlement" now... voting is something that you are entitled to on the basis of your race!  You know how that sounds?
     I think he does know how that sounds... That's the neat thing about being there in person. You can see — oh actually he's a troll. He's saying this for effect. He knows it's offensive. And he knows he's going to get a gasp from the courtroom — which he got — and he loves it! He's like the guy in your blog comment thread: he's using the n-word! "Oh it made you mad? How 'bout if I say this? Did it make you mad? Did it make you mad? Did it make you mad? ...He's that kind of guy. 

Jon Stewart: Wow

Rachel Maddow: When we're all shocked that he said something so blatantly racially offensive — we're talking about the cornerstone of the federal civil rights act, he's thinking "Oh yeah!" So that's neat to see. It's also neat to see Sonya Sotameyer from way down at the "I'm new here" end of the bench, sort of lean around the bench and give him what for. All of the questions are technically to the lawyers, but she is TALKING to Antonin Scalia all the time, and it's like a brawl between them...

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