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Rachel Maddow Tells Jon Stewart About Her Visit to the Supreme Court, Calls Justice Scalia a 'Troll': VIDEO


Rachel Maddow visited the Supreme Court yesterday as the Court was considering the Voting Rights Act, and had lots to say about it.

"I don't have a number line that is long enough, that goes high enough to understand how on the same day we are unveiling the statue of Rosa Parks at the US Capitol and one block away we are considering getting rid of the pillar of American civil rights law, and that happens at the same time in the same place and nobody's head explodes."

"It's weird to see Antonin Scalia in person. It's weird...You can see, actually, he's a troll. He's like the guy on your blog comment thread who's saying the N word."



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  1. This woman is fantastic! Go Rachel.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 1, 2013 10:09:57 AM

  2. Kudos on John bringing up the obvious

    If the most fundamental point/ biggest sacred cow/ political philosophy of one's party is that government doesn't work then

    1- you are going to do things to make sure it doesn't work

    2- impossible for one to make it work

    3- a danger to said government and society could even say just as dangerous as a terrorist bomb thrower towards the Unites States

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 1, 2013 10:15:25 AM

  3. The Republicans want goverment to work for their corporate owner. Not for anybody else.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 1, 2013 10:38:13 AM

  4. blast. LAUGH.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 1, 2013 10:47:27 AM

  5. @David I ordinarily would have agree...but now I'm having second thoughts. I don't know how a recession is good for corporate business. And that is exactly what this gridlock/stalemate/governing-by-crisis is pushing us toward. Business likes low taxes and deregulation. But business likes predicability and growth even more. The Republicans give them neither of the latter.

    And as for Rachel's 'troll' comment, I have NEVER heard a more apt description of Scalia. A brilliant troll.

    Posted by: Lars | Mar 1, 2013 10:49:00 AM

  6. Why in the world would a Jewish lesbian from the Northeast understand why Southern states resent continuing to be treated as pariahs when the conditions that applied 50 years ago no longer do?

    That's right; she wouldn't.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 1, 2013 11:41:53 AM

  7. Lars, Wall Street went throught the roof yesterday. It feeds off the economic misery of the classes beneath it.

    "Rick" I know a short pier you should take a long walk on.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 1, 2013 11:48:52 AM

  8. Rachel Maddow is not Jewish. She is from out west. And Rick is a true Scalia.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Mar 1, 2013 11:48:53 AM

  9. "Rachel Maddow is not Jewish. She is from out west. And Rick is a true Scalia"

    OK, read her I will revise my statement to:

    Why in the world would a lesbian who was raised and educated in California, attended an all-female college in Massachusetts and has spent her entire adult life in the Northeast--and whose paternal grandfather was Jewish (ergo, her last name).....understand why Southern states resent continuing to be treated as pariahs when the conditions that applied 50 years ago no longer do?

    That's right; she wouldn't.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 1, 2013 11:57:57 AM

  10. Perhaps because the GOP spent all of 2012 trying to make those conditions apply again for voters, Rick. But of course, I am sure you can't see much past your perceived threat of Rachel Maddow to your precious (imagined) masculinity.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Mar 1, 2013 12:17:12 PM

  11. Scalia has much more power than Maddow and Stewart so they can say what they wish. Her head can explode.

    Posted by: Jake | Mar 1, 2013 12:33:29 PM

  12. Then main problem "Rick" has with Rachel is that she owns and operates a vagina.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 1, 2013 12:40:55 PM

  13. The Rosa Parks statue isn't going anywhere. Too bad gays didn't have the same symbol, but sitting is a BMW in traffic wouldn't have the same meaning.

    Posted by: Gary | Mar 1, 2013 12:56:08 PM

  14. Gotta love the republican trolls. So deluded. So pathetic.

    Posted by: MateoM | Mar 1, 2013 1:03:43 PM

  15. I wish Scalia was only a "troll." After all, a troll is just someone with a contrary nature who likes to stir up debate in order to draw attention to themselves. But Scalia is a troll with immense power. A troll can be ignored; a Supreme Court Justice can't.

    Re: Voting Rights debate

    A fair and equal right to vote is the very cornerstone of a stable democracy. I would much rather err on the side of having too much protection of that right than have too little.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 1, 2013 1:04:22 PM

  16. Scalia is a one man gay marriage bulldozer. Who cares what he looks like? You know nothing would give him greater pleasure than keeping things normal.

    Posted by: Gary | Mar 1, 2013 1:08:59 PM

  17. There is no Constitutional basis for treating some states differently under the law.

    Moreover, Rachel Maddow made a living off lying to the American people about the voting issues in Florida. The long lines had NOTHING to do with race. The long lines only happened in a couple of places. Somehow, the rest of us, black and white, including all of Pinellas County (Florida's most densely populated) went to vote on Tuesday and didn't wait more than the time it took to work your way through the sign here, vote there, drop your ballot on the way out.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 1:12:10 PM

  18. In ScaliaWorld, justice means "just us white folks".

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 1, 2013 1:16:13 PM

  19. BTW - Miami Dade was one of the counties demonized by Maddow for its long lines. Do you think she mentioned that the Supervisor of Elections in Miami Dade is black?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 1:19:48 PM

  20. Gary - I will bet you money that Scalia sides against DOMA, against Prop 8.

    Remember this: Scalia knows exactly what he looks and sounds like. He wants to be regarded as a great legal mind. He simply can't do that while voting against gay rights. To be a great legal mind you have to be the opinion that secures the protection of Constitutional principles, not the voice which denies them.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 1, 2013 1:23:20 PM

  21. David Hearne = Troll.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 1, 2013 1:46:25 PM

  22. rick

    southern states being treated as pariahs

    Well, when

    1- said states as always pay the least in taxes yet demand and receive the largest amount of FED bailouts = North eastern tax money

    2- said states bloviate on marriage , abortion, etc yet have the highest divorce rates, out of wedlock births etc

    3- when said states could easily get taken off the section4 list on voting rights by you know NOT disenfranchising minorities...over 20 counties have been taken off the pre-clearance list by simply not disenfranchising minority voters.....& the county that has brought the case to SCOTUS in fact just recently redistricted the lone black reps district into non existence to you know not allow a black rep to exist or black people to be represented in government

    etc etc ad infinitum

    The dixicrat confederates are still fighting the d@mn civil war by enacting laws to try to nullify fed laws. Get a clue already. YOU LOST that war. The civil war is over and come into the 21st century already

    Posted by: Mozz's | Mar 1, 2013 2:10:06 PM

  23. PS; want to stress that part

    Counties and States can get off the pre-clearance list easily by simply NOT disenfranchising voters

    20 counties in the history of VRA have been removed from pre-clearance by NOT disenfranchising voters as they had in the past

    Those still on pre-clearance list have recent history showing them disenfranchising minority voters

    Heck VRA should be expanded to all 50 states now since dixiecrat confederates = modern Repubs have moved up into ohio, pennsylvania, etc and are trying to disenfranchise voters

    Posted by: Mozz's | Mar 1, 2013 2:15:53 PM

  24. I know there are types of people who simply get "hard" hearing their names mentioned. Even refer to them as "trolls"...and their junk comes to life. There's always some here injecting pathetic comments...and like some justices who wear "special" hats for's just different theatrics...same effect. Look at me...aren't I too cute & too smart?
    Oh well, where would we be without the fun of watching them go down in smoke? Gotta laugh.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 1, 2013 2:27:58 PM

  25. Rachel was raised Catholic.

    Posted by: Laurie | Mar 1, 2013 3:22:00 PM

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