Sandy Rios of the American Family Association joins the long list of fundamentalist Christian women who help keep women in their proper place (according to the Bible) in a discussion with Curt Levey about how the female Supreme Court justices are being rude to poor Justice Scalia by — gasp — interrupting him and disagreeing with him.
Rios: I read an article that Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, at least this article was intimating that they are behaving in a – these are my words – sort of rudely on the bench, to Scalia and to others, interrupting, speaking inappropriately. Have you observed that? Do you know what I’m talking about and is that true?
Levey: Um, yeah. I mean, you know, Scalia can give it out as well as take it, but yeah, Sotomayor has gone over the line a number of times. Most recently in the Voting Rights Act case, which was just last week, where, you know, Scalia had the nerve to speak the truth and refer to the Voting Rights Act as “racial preferences,” which of course is what it’s become by guaranteeing that there be minority districts formed, minority congressional districts. And, you know, Sotomayor sort of lost it when Obama [sic] said that, interrupted and you know, basically made fun of Scalia’s comment. So yeah, I think they have the right to be aggressive up there, but Sotomayor has occasionally, at least, stepped over the line.
Are you freaking serious? Scalia is renowned for talking over other justices and dominating the questioning during oral argument. He frequently will jump in and start arguing with an attorney he disagrees with before they can even finish their first sentence. And in the entire history of the court, no other justice has ever come close to the sheer vitriol with which Scalia treats his fellow justices, which has gotten much worse in the last decade or so. But to dare to interrupt him and disagree with him, if you’re a woman, just makes you uppity — at least to sexist jerks.