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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Franken v. Scalia
by Cordeiro
In competitive endeavors, the proverb is often quoted:

If you wanna run with the Big Dogs, you'd better get off the porch.
Well, Al "Cheap Shot" Franken attempted to run with a Big Dog this past Monday - only to be thoroughly run over by said Big Dog.

The Big Dog in this story is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The venue was Conversations on the Circle, a series of one-on-one interviews with outgoing Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine.

When the forum was opened to Q&A from the assembled crowd, "Cheap Shot" Franken clumsily (and I believe the NY Post is being very generous with that term) took a shot at Scalia by questioning his "judicial demeanor" in regards to sitting on a case involving "Big Time" Cheney after having gone duck hunting with him.

"Cheap Shot" Franken was implying Scalia should have recused himself from the case. Instead of cornering and embarrassing Big Time, Scalia delivered a verbal slap that is most likely still stinging the Franken's pride:

Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics. Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship.
Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons' reaction to Franken v. Scalia summed it up nicely:

Al was not quite ready for prime time.
Al has never been ready for Prime Time. Franken v. Scalia is a classic example of what happens when a .22 caliber mind takes on a .357 intellect.

Here endeth the lesson.

HT Radio Equalizer
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