Scalia On Bush v. Gore: 'Get Over It'

He says politics played no role in the court's decision
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2008 6:20 PM CDT
Scalia On Bush v. Gore: 'Get Over It'
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) awardee and Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, left, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in this file photo.    (Associated Press)

"Get over it," Justice Antonin Scalia tells critics who accuse the Supreme Court of letting political motivations affect its 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore. Plus, Al Gore was responsible for pushing the Florida recount through the courts, Scalia points out in an upcoming 60 Minutes interview. And while he's a self-confessed social conservative, "it does not affect my views on cases," he says.

Personally, he wouldn't just oppose Roe v. Wade, he'd prohibit abortion in every state, but "there's nothing" in the Constitution to uphold that position. His acerbic criticisms aren't to be taken personally, either. If a judge can't separate ideas from people, he's "got to get another day job," says Scalia, who gets chummy with his ideological rival, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (More US Supreme Court stories.)

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