Don’t get me wrong, the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, upholding the Affordable Care Act, is absolutely the day’s best news. But running a close second? Justice Antonin Scalia’s hysterical carny-speak dissent. The Internet, being the Internet, is pouncing accordingly.
In language rarely glimpsed since George Bailey managed to keep the old savings and loan going, Scalia blasts the majority decision as “pure applesauce” and mocks the case’s “interpretive jiggery-pokery.” Mother Jones has a fine collection of Scalia’s howling worth your time, including the line: “Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!” He also suggested we start calling the law “SCOTUScare.” For a guy who wears the same black robe to work every day, he has a real taste for showmanship.
Nothing tastes as sweet on the tongue of social media as Scalia’s tears. And it’s hard to feel bad for the guy arguing to cut health benefits for the roughly 6.4 million people waiting on this decision. In the spirit of socialism, here’s the people’s best reactions to Scalia’s bullfrog-faced outburst.