Monday, December 04, 2006
Judges As Rock Stars
One of the reasons Alex Long, our brand-new guest blogger, came to my attention, was this very entertaining piece on the use of rock lyrics in the law. I hope Alex can therefore be persuaded to weigh in on this post by Jack Balkin asking which rock stars the Court resembles most. Per Alex's piece, I was all set to find that Balkin had relied only on a bunch of superannuated 60's-era musicians. Props to him for ranging further afield. Perhaps Alex can update these comparisons even further.
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As much as I'd like to show that Paul's faith in me is deserved, I don't think I can improve much upon the Balkinization list. It seems pretty spot on to me. I only have a handful of additions: (1) O'Connor -- Madonna. Artistic decisions carefully calculated to lead to maximum record sales. (2) Kennedy -- Morrissey. The justice with the thorn in his side. (3) Scalia -- one of the comments over at Balkinization suggested Ted Nugent. I might have said James Hetfield of Metallica instead, but it's hard to quibble with the Nuge analogy. (4) Thomas -- I see two possibilities here: (a) John Cafferty (of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band fame ("On the Dark Side")) performing in the shadow of Scalia's Springsteen (that's a cheap shot, I know) or (b) Noel Gallagher of Oasis: "everything written before us is crap (except the Beatles)."
Posted by: Alex Long | Dec 4, 2006 1:37:56 PM
This is almost too easy. Chief Justice Roberts is Moby, talented, cerebral and so nerdy he's cool. Justice Alito, for his part, has an acerbic, world-weary quality that calls to mind Iggy Pop.
Posted by: Sean Fitzpatrick | Dec 4, 2006 3:11:16 PM
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