I was out shopping today, spending small amounts of money frivolously, when I get a message from a friend--Justice Scalia has died.
And my world, which looked so safe when I woke up this morning, began to crumble.
Of course I'm talking about Friedrichs v. CTA, a case argued before the Supreme Court a month ago, a case expected by the talking heads on both sides to be decided 5-4 in my favor, and now one of those 5 is gone. Friedrichs is probably the last time in my life I'll get a chance to be free of forced unionism as a teacher, and now that chance has suffered a body blow.
A year or so ago a friend (and reader of this blog) sent me a book called Scalia Dissents. I read it cover to cover, often laughing at Scalia's wit and turns of phrase. He loved the Constitution, he knew how to defend it, and he knew how to skewer those who tried to damage it. The cause of conservatism lost a strong champion today.