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Why wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare ? Over at The Washington Post, columnist E. J. Dionne already has put out his own opinion on the makeup of the court.
Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court.
He’d have a lot of things to do. He’s a fine public speaker and teacher. He’d be a heck of a columnist and blogger. But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that’s the problem.
So often, Scalia has chosen to ignore the obligation of a Supreme Court justice to be, and appear to be, impartial. He’s turned “judicial restraint” into an oxymoronic phrase. But what he did this week, when the court announced its decision on the Arizona immigration law, should be the end of the line.
Not content with issuing a fiery written dissent, Scalia offered a bench statement questioning President Obama’s decision to allow some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay. Obama’s move had nothing to do with the case in question. Scalia just wanted you to know where he stood.
Dionne writes that Scalia’s resignation would provide an opportunity for a “searching debate over just how political this Supreme Court has become” [emphasis added]. So in summary, a columnist complaining about the politicization of the Supreme Court calls for a justice to resign because of, well, politics.