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Friday, May 01, 2009

I twittered last night about whether the buzzword for Obama's upcoming Supreme Court vacancy should be "liberal Scalia" or "anti-Scalia." "Liberal Scalia" looks to be off to an early lead, but thinking more and more about it I think we really want an anti-Scalia: a jurist whose thoughtfulness and equanimity informs her decisions.

Not claiming to know the answer to every question in advance is, after all, arguably the key progressive value.

The liberal Scalia is another hack, just "our" hack. We want Scalia's opposite number, not his non-evil twin.