SCOTUS odd couple: Scalia and Ginsburg

A comic opera was named after their relationship

WASHINGTON (CNN) – They were known as the odd couple on the Supreme Court.

Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend, was good pals with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nevermind that they were ideologically opposite.

For a conservative, he sure laughed liberally. One of the things that made others smile was Justice Scalia’s friendship with Justice Ginsburg.

Scalia once said, “Why don’t you call us the odd couple?”

Not slob versus clean freak but opposite sides of the bench.

Scalia: “Ruth that is not true.”

Ginsburg: “I have to disagree.”

Scalia: “We’re not going to agree on this, Ruth, you realize that?”

Nonetheless, upon his death, Justice Ginsburg wrote “we were best buddies.”

Scalia: “What’s not to like, except her views of the law of course (laughter).”

They and their spouses spent many a New Year’s Eve together. They went on vacations. Shared an elephant, something that caused her feminist friends to give them a hard time.

Scalia: “Because she rode behind me on the elephant.”

Ginsburg: “The driver explained it was a matter of distribution of weight (laughter).”

Justice Scalia paid homage to his friend for doing something he said he would never do. Go parasailing over the Mediterranean.

Scalia: “She’s so light you would think she would never come down.”

And when her head bowed down at the State of the Union, they joked about the wine that helped put her to sleep.

Ginsburg: “At least I wasn’t 100 percent sober because before we went to the State of the Union (laughter).”

Scalia: “Well that’s the first intelligent thing you’ve done.”

The state of their union was strong. They bonded over opera.

These two didn’t just love opera, they became an opera. A comic opera named after them.

Tell that to those fighting over whether President Obama gets to appoint Justice Scalia’s replacement.

Donald Trump said, “Delay, delay, delay!”

Hillary Clinton said, “It is outrageous!”

Just when we could use more odd couples, we’ve got one less.

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