But the furor his comment today is generating is starting to generate is a little beyond me.
It's an immigration case. The government was arguing that the petitioner would be abiding his terms of release (i.e. parole) even when he was out of the country. One of these conditions was to not drink. Said Scalia:
Nobody thinks your client is abstaining from tequila down in Mexico because he's on supervised release in the United States.
Daliah Lithwick, whom I love, is a little upset by this.
But come on. It's not a Macaca moment. Allen was deliberately a jerk and mocked the guy for not being from the "real" america (he was indian).
I mean, if Scalia had said "beer in Canada" or "wine in Italy" or "beer in Germany" or "bubble and squeak in England," would anyone care?
Should Scalia have had to say "abstaining from alchol?"
And is suggesting that someone in Mexico is consuming a drink native to Mexico a racist suggestion?
This just seems like hypersensitivity to me.